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ERIC Number: EJ814992
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 58
ISSN: ISSN-1350-4622
"Nature" and the "Environment" in Jamaica's Primary School Curriculum Guides
Ferguson, Therese
Environmental Education Research, v14 n5 p559-577 Oct 2008
In cases where environmental education is institutionalised within schools, the curriculum can affect what and how students learn about "nature" and the "environment". In Jamaica, schools are considered important settings for environmental education; the curriculum therefore includes environmental issues. Using content analysis, representations of "nature" and the "environment" in the nation's primary level Curriculum Guides were examined. Findings indicate that although many units emphasise an anthropocentric view of nature, this is tempered by depictions of nature's fragility and, in some instances, nature's "divine" dimensions. Several curricular units also facilitate student's creative engagement with nature, allowing for multiple views of the natural world. (Contains 7 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Jamaica