Educational model for environmental‐cognition development

Shoshana Keiny, Moshe Shachak

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    Environmental education (EE) is an holistic educational approach the main goal of which is to develop the students’ environmental cognition, as compared to the disciplinary approach which develops a compartmentalized cognition. Environmental cognition is defined as a reciprocal relationship, comprising knowledge, understanding, sensitivity, perceptiveness and imagination with regard to the environment as well as responsibility and motivation to make environmental decisions. A conceptual model was constructed for this purpose comprising three stages: Sensing the environment and generating questions; analysing and then synthesizing a system presentation of the environment, thereby focusing upon the inter‐relatedness and interdependence of environmental components; and environmental problem‐solving.The model was implemented for training EE teachers and for EE curriculum development. Both of which may enhance the inclusion of EE within the formal educational system.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)449-458
    Number of pages10
    JournalInternational Journal of Science Education
    Issue number4
    StatePublished - 1 Jan 1987

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Education


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