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Children as Catalysts of Global Environmental Change

Objective

To examine the institutional means by which children acquire environmental information and how that information is disseminated by the children between generations within the family and the community.

The educational and supportive institutions effect on school to child and generation to generation movement of knowledge, attitude and behaviour change are monitored and analyzed. The assessment is through questionnaire surveys, semi-structured interviews, self-reports, day books and behavioral analysis.

The comparative analysis takes place in Denmark, France, Portugal and the United Kingdom :

i) the Danish programmes seeks to demonstrate that the school and the local community as well as local government can work together to solve ecological problems in the community ;

ii) the French case study focuses on a programme in which children spend one week learning about science with the assistance of demonstrators ;

iii) the Portuguese study investigates the role of teacher training in the introduction of an environmental ethic ;

iv) the UK project assesses attempts to use school grounds as a focus for community conservation education and a water pollution monitoring programme.

At the conclusion of the project it is intended to :

i) to demonstrate how educational institutions can become more effective in triggering and sustaining changes in attitudes to and actions within the environment;

ii) to demonstrate how adult/child interaction can be encouraged and developed to further this goal ;

iii) to demonstrate how learning processes can be reinforced and disseminated through the community ;

iv) to identify the role of educational institutions and government at every level in the learning process.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF SURREY
Address

GU2 7XH Guildford
United Kingdom

Participants (5)

Danmarks Lærerhøjskole
Denmark
Address
101,Emdrupvej
2400 København Nv
Danmarks Lærerhøjskole
Denmark
Address
20,Dalgas Alle
7800 Skive
Danmarks Tekniske Universitet
Denmark
Address
115,Bygning
2800 Lyngby
Universidade do Minho
Portugal
Address
100,Avenida Central
4719 Braga
Université de Saint-Étienne (Université Jean Monnet)
France
Address
12-14 Rue Richard
42023 Saint-étienne