INTERDISCIPLINARY JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL AND SCIENCE EDUCATION

Volume 15, Issue 1, 2019

Research Article
The TELA: A New Tool for Assessing Educator Environmental Literacy
Interdisciplinary Journal of Environmental and Science Education, 2019, 15(1), e02201, https://doi.org/10.29333/ijese/6286
ABSTRACT: This paper describes the measurement and outcomes of a novel teacher environmental literacy assessment. The Teacher Environmental Literacy Assessment (TELA) uses a contextual view of environmental literacy, and includes measures of Knowledge, Self-efficacy, Environmental Identity, Behavior, Issue Identification, and Strategy Selection. A sample of formal and nonformal educators and experts were selected to take and be interviewed about TELA responses. We found demographic differences, particularly between nonformal and formal educators. In addition, experts chose different types of strategies to address environmental issues than educators. The TELA can identify gaps in educator environmental literacy, which is vital content knowledge for educators.
Research Article
Environmental Literacy: Evaluating Knowledge, Affect, and Behavior of Pre-service Teachers in Greece
Interdisciplinary Journal of Environmental and Science Education, 2019, 15(1), e02202, https://doi.org/10.29333/ijese/6287
ABSTRACT: Environmental Literacy can empower individuals to make appropriate environment-related choices and act more responsibly towards the environment. Environmental literacy was measured among a sample of 461 pre-service teachers enrolled at the Department of Pre-school Education at the University of Ioannina, in Greece. Results indicate that pre-service teachers have positive attitudes towards the environment, a moderate level of environmental knowledge while their participation in environmental actions is limited, particularly collective actions. Statistical analyses also highlighted that Environment Literacy depends on year of study and high school course specialization. These findings are further discussed.
Research Article
The Strategy of Environmental School through the Program of National Adiwiyata School in Pekanbaru (High School Level)
Interdisciplinary Journal of Environmental and Science Education, 2019, 15(1), e02204, https://doi.org/10.29333/ijese/6289
ABSTRACT: Purpose of this study is: (1) Analyze the effective strategies for the implementation of Adiwiyata schools in Pekanbaru and (2) Analyze the condition of environmentally-friendly infrastructures so that it can become a culture in Pekanbaru High Schools. The type of this research is an exploratory research (case study). In the early stage, there was a grouping of analysis variables at the research location which is in several Pekanbaru High Schools. This research was also carried out on the actors of teaching and learning activities as well as school managers who have activities with the sample set based on the key person method approach. A number of data obtained through interviews with selected respondents will also be carried out with an in-depth interview method (Bungin, 2008). As research samples, the key informants are school managers and policymakers who are considered representative to get the data needed. This initial data will be the basis for the preparation of the research questionnaire. As respondents, the key informants are students, teachers, principals, and administrative staffs. This research was conducted from September to November 2017 in several Pekanbaru High Schools.
Research Article
Historical Evolution of Scientific Initiation Projects in the Area of Environmental Education
Interdisciplinary Journal of Environmental and Science Education, 2019, 15(1), e02205, https://doi.org/10.29333/ijese/6290
ABSTRACT: Scientific initiation projects should stimulate and promote research in different areas of knowledge. Therefore, this study analyzed the projects of scientific initiation related to the area of environmental education in a private higher education institution, between 1998 and 2018. The study revealed a very small number of projects related to environmental education (0.23%). The majority (70%) performed in the last 10 years; of the scientific initiation program category (SIP-50%) and developed in courses in the Biological and Human areas (70%). Considering the importance of Environmental Education based on sustainability, preservation, and conservation of the environment, for scientific, environmental, and citizen education of students, it is recommended actions that stimulate the execution of more projects in this area be developed.
Research Article
The Role of Science Teachers in Developing the 21st Century Skills for the Elementary School Students
Interdisciplinary Journal of Environmental and Science Education, 2019, 15(1), e02206, https://doi.org/10.29333/ijese/6368
ABSTRACT: The paper measures the actual role of science teachers in developing the 21st century skills for the elementary stage students in Palestine. The population consisted of all West Bank and Gaza’s science 3-9 grade teachers. The sample comprised 560 male and female teachers who were chosen randomly. A scale was used to test 48 practices across 8 major categories: Critical Thinking Skills, Collaboration Skills, Communication Skills, Innovation Skills, Self -Direction Skills, Global Connections Skills, Local Connections Skills and Using Technology as a Tool for Learning. Surveyed teachers reported that they advance toward these categories with a frequency of 1-3 times a month, which is not quite Adequate. The findings should be sequential for educators, education planners and stakeholders focused on professional development and teacher training.