Science Actions Development on Improving Student Attitudes Towards the Environment

By Udan Kusmawan, Ph.D.

Published by The Learner Collection

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A person constructs an interface with the natural environment and this environment accounts for many of their life experiences as they engage in community discourses. Their life experiences contribute to the growth of such the interface between the person and the environment and in turn justify their beliefs constructed between community and the person. This influences on the person attitudes towards the environment. In a context in which a development of sciences and technology facilitates environmental policies, a person interface with the environment is challenged by their ecological affinity, which includes student valuing science and technology, accepting the limits of growth, and recognizing people dominating Nature. Science teaching may act as a catalyst for a person interface with the environment that, in turn, shapes the person attitudes towards the environment. This paper aims at revealing to what extent science actions can facilitate student learning on and understanding of environmental values, as well as practicing the values to improve their attitudes towards the environment. Data for this study was collected from secondary school science students in Indonesia and related directly to environmental topics in the Indonesian secondary science curriculum. This survey research of 577 students in Indonesia found that science actions can obviously improve student positive attitudes towards the environment.

Keywords: Science, Action, Environment, Attitudes

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 14, Issue 5, pp.113-122. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 596.859KB).

Udan Kusmawan, Ph.D

PhD Research Student, School of Education, The Open University, Jakarta, Indonesia

Udan Kusmawan is a lecurer at the Indonesian Open Learning University (Universitas Terbuka Indonesia). His educational background was started at 6 years in elementary school, and another 6 years in secondary and senior high schools in Sumedang, West Java, Indenesia. His educational expertise came along with his 4-years of Chemistry education program at The Indonesia Education Univeristy graduated in 1993 and with his 2-years masters’ degree at the University of Iowa, USA graduated in 1997. His current interrest is on envionmental citizenship. His PhD research was on this focus exploring secondary students’ beliefs and attitudes on the natural environment with the connection to thier values of citizenship.

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