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ERIC Number: EJ830002
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 60
ISSN: ISSN-1350-4622
Understanding Teachers' "Levels of Use" of Learnscapes
Skamp, Keith
Environmental Education Research, v15 n1 p93-110 Feb 2009
All eight teachers and their principal, at an Australian regional primary school in New South Wales (NSW) accredited for its ongoing "learnscape" developments, were interviewed. This was to ascertain their perceptions about the role of learnscapes and their self-reported use of such outdoor areas to assist in the achievement of their State's syllabus and environmental education learning outcomes. Teachers at the school (6) and their principal were (re)interviewed a year later to determine if changes in perceptions and practice had occurred and why. This paper interprets narratives derived from the combined interviews of these latter teachers and their principal from an educational change perspective in order to gain insight into their level of use of learnscapes. Teachers' learnscape and environmental education content and pedagogical knowledge, their focus on the consequences of learnscape use for student learning, and awareness of multiple learning outcomes, including social learning, when using learnscapes, were among interdependent change factors identified which may assist in understanding why teachers embraced learnscapes to different degrees. Consequent avenues for increasing the future use of learnscapes for syllabus and environmental purposes are suggested. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia