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Lindemann-Matthies, P (2006). Investigating nature on the way to school: responses to an educational programme by teachers and their pupils. International Journal of Science Education, 28(8):895-918.

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Abstract

In this study, the responses of teachers and their pupils to the educational programme "Nature on the Way to School" were investigated with the help of questionnaires. The main objectives of the programme were the promotion of opportunities for children to experience nature first‐hand on the way to school, the promotion of children's awareness of nature in their daily lives, and the promotion of interest in and tolerance of local plants and animals. More than 3000 children (8-16 years old) from 166 primary and secondary school classes in Switzerland and 117 teachers participated in the study. Children of all age groups particularly enjoyed observing nature directly. Teachers gave the programme very high ratings on average. The ratings given by the teachers and the learning gains of the pupils were positively related. Teachers from rural and urban areas carried out similar activities during the programme and regarded the programme as a success. The high satisfaction of both pupils and their teachers with the programme supports the thesis that teachers should make more use of educational approaches focusing on direct experiences in the local environment of children.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies
DDC:570 Life sciences; biology
590 Animals (Zoology)
Language:English
Date:June 2006
Deposited On:26 Feb 2008 15:34
Last Modified:27 Nov 2013 23:13
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:0950-0693
Publisher DOI:10.1080/10670560500438396

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