ERIC Number: EJ794069
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
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Developing the Ecological Awareness of College and University Instructors
Khasikhanov, M. S.
Russian Education and Society, v50 n3 p73-83 Mar 2008
The author maintains that present-day civilization can exist and develop only as a unity of nature, culture, and society; that a new ecological worldview must be developed to teach citizens to have a cultivated and expanded ecological awareness that is characterized by a number of fundamental features: (1) Motivation (the moral stance of the instructor in regard to problems of ecology, harmony between personal purposes and the purposes of ecological education); (2) Content and Structure (dialogue-style interaction between teachers and students in the course of analyzing and searching for ways to accomplish ecological tasks); and (3) Process (the refraction of the problems of ecology in professional activity, the ability to work out and implement technologies of ecological education). The writer discusses the role of educators and the public at large in seeking solutions, from a belief that ecological crises and technogenic disasters have not resulted from the development of civilization, but from a low level of ecological awareness, lack of ecological ethics, the presence of gaps in the ecological education of the public, and shortcomings in technocratic thinking. He assigns special responsibility for solving these problems to the scientific intelligentsia, in particular college and university instructors, who are in positions to most strongly influence the formation of students' ecological worldview, while also constantly improving their own ecological awareness. In the author's opinion, this can be facilitated by the creation of an ecological education space in institutions of higher learning.
Descriptors: College Faculty, Environmental Education, Teacher Attitudes, Natural Resources, Moral Values, Motivation, Teaching Methods, Classroom Communication, World Views, Teacher Role, Ecology, Teacher Student Relationship, Ethics, Foreign Countries
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Identifiers - Location: Russia