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Children as Catalysts of Global Environmental Change


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.

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