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ERIC Number: EJ847942
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Dec
Pages: 17
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-1609-4913
Environmental Consciousness and Education Relationship: Determination of How Environment-Based Concepts Are Placed in Turkish Science Curricula
Ozmen, Haluk; Karamustafaoglu, Orhan
Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, v7 n2 Article 7 Dec 2006
Turkey has a central educational system in which all of the programs are designed by the Ministry of National Education and distributed to the implementing institutions. As a part of this system, the textbooks written by different writers need to be approved by the commission called Talim Terbiye Kurulu, and these approved books are chosen as classroom textbooks. In this study, science, physics, chemistry and biology textbooks for all levels were examined by the document analysis method. This method is based on the examination of the written sources in respect to some determined criteria (Yin, 1994). In this study, ten different textbooks used in public schools were examined and environment-based concepts in these books were determined. The results indicate that some concepts related to environment were placed in the curriculum in order to make students more environmentally conscious; however, it is clear that this is not enough. There are certain environmental issues, such as ozone depletion and the greenhouse effect, which are not only complex but also abstract in nature. By providing information about natural events (disasters), it decreases the negative impression of people towards environment and its affect. It is important to make people more conscious in order to understand what kind of precautions should be taken. Environmental science informs how to protect natural resources, provides the tools needed to teach others, and serves to develop the next generation of land stewards (NAAEE, 2001). This consciousness can be achieved by including more environmental concepts or chapters into the science curricula. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Turkey