ERIC Number: EJ1138752
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 66
Children's Environmental Identity and the Elementary Science Classroom
Tugurian, Linda P.; Carrier, Sarah J.
Journal of Environmental Education, v48 n3 p143-153 2017
This qualitative research explores children's environmental identity by describing how fifth grade children view their relationship with the natural world alongside their experience of elementary school science. Qualitative analysis of in-depth interviews with 17 grade 5 children was supported with a survey that included responses to open-ended survey items. Analyses convey that children recognize and describe their own environmental identity, but that identity is often unacknowledged in the science classroom. This lack of acknowledgment may limit connections of school science to children's interests and emotional attachment to the natural world.
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Science Instruction, Self Concept, Student Attitudes, Attachment Behavior, Environment, Grade 5, Student Surveys, Mixed Methods Research, Teacher Attitudes, Semi Structured Interviews
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 5; Intermediate Grades; Middle Schools
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