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ERIC Number: EJ770868
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Nov
Pages: 18
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 68
ISSN: ISSN-1350-4622
Kindergarten Teachers' Conceptions about Nature and the Environment
Flogaitis, Evgenia; Agelidou, Evagelia
Environmental Education Research, v9 n4 p461-478 Nov 2003
This study was carried out within the framework of environmental education (EE) and its object was the recording, categorization and interpretation of kindergarten teachers' conceptions about two basic concepts: nature and the environment, which are key concepts of environmental education. The study involved the participation of 110 public kindergarten teachers in the area of Athens. The results of the investigation showed that (a) the dominant conception of the participants concerning nature is naturalistic, simplistic, restricted, and enriched with romantic elements; (b) the dominant conception concerning the environment focuses on biophysical dimensions and there is a complete absence of its complexity and its multidimensional character, the global and the systemic consideration; (c) half of the kindergarten teachers think that the concept of environment is identical with that of nature, while in a few cases we locate a conceptual confusion; (d) the in-service training programs and implementation of EE in schools do not affect the conceptions of the kindergarten teachers about nature and the environment. The findings of this investigation could: (a) be the starting point for a dialogue regarding EE both in theory and in practice and (b) be taken into consideration while designing and formulating suitable in-service training programs, based on the prior conceptions of the teachers. (Contains 11 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Kindergarten
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Greece (Athens)