Curriculum and Resources for Environmental Education for Young Children with UV Radiation As an Example

By Cho Mei-Fang and Dahms Hans-Uwe.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Environmental education also needs to introduce to the hazards of nature, such as pollution and UV radiation. For these purposes resources are needed as means of curriculum realization. A curriculum has been developed with emphasis on information and protection from UVR with particular focus on young children at kindergartens. This provides recommendations that will reduce skin damage and skin cancer risks during the most sensitive period of a child’s life through education. Particular curriculum elements include: knowledge about the origin, presence, the general and health effects of UVR; skills in sun-avoidance and protection as well as awareness of combined effects of UVR with other environmental hazards (e.g. industrial photosmog that deplete stratospheric ozone). The UVR curriculum is meant as an additional instrument besides the provision of physical, social, and organizational environments that facilitate protection from UVR at kindergartens. Besides young children themselves, focus is directed on the professional development of staff and the involvement of families to implement knowledge and change of attitudes towards the threats of increasing levels of UVR.

Keywords: Kindergarten, Preschools, UVR-Curriculum, UV-Radiation, Damage Prevention

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 9, pp.451-460. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.250MB).

Dr. Cho Mei-Fang

Assistant Professor, The Department of Child Care and Education, Southern Taiwan University, Tainan City, Tainan, Taiwan

Dr. Dahms Hans-Uwe

Professor, Dept. of Green Life Science, Sangmyung University, Seoul, South Korea


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