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Promoting critical thinking to high school students when teaching about climate change through a participatory approach

Barraza, Laura and Bodenhorn, Barbara 2012, Promoting critical thinking to high school students when teaching about climate change through a participatory approachNatural resources, sustainability and humanity: a comprehensive view, Springer, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, pp.115-125, doi: 10.1007/978-94-007-1321-5_8.

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Title Promoting critical thinking to high school students when teaching about climate change through a participatory approach
Author(s) Barraza, Laura
Bodenhorn, Barbara
Title of book Natural resources, sustainability and humanity: a comprehensive view
Publication date 2012
Chapter number 8
Total chapters 13
Start page 115
End page 125
Total pages 11
Publisher Springer
Place of Publication Dordrecht, The Netherlands
Summary New paradigms in science education are focused on moving towards a sustainable society, meaning redefining the educational practices and developing new methods in order to establish better relationships among individuals, groups, and the society. Being able to reflect upon developing new pedagogic strategies, that support collective action, is crucial to favour social change. Education in the twenty-first century should be based on critical and social theories of the environment and development, in order to link the prospects for sustainability to new forms of economy, social welfare, governance and education (Barraza et al., Environ Educ Res 9(3):347-357, 2003). The nature of contemporary knowledge and knowledge construction demands increasing collaboration and communication between once isolated disciplines. Curriculum integration can reduce curriculum fragmentation, promoting a better awareness of the way different forms of knowledge work and contribute to collaborative knowledge construction, stimulating a critical and a reflexive perspective in their learners. This chapter will focus on the pedagogic strategies used in a research project aiming to provide potential young scientists from rural communities of Mexico and Alaska with a unique opportunity to learn more about their own local knowledge whilst gaining a better understanding of how it intersects with global processes. The project has helped students make cognitive links between their scientific knowledge and life experience, and has established affective and behavioral links which have intensified the ways in which they value their environment, culture, traditions and communities (Tytler et al. 2010; Bodenhorn, Learning about environmental research in a context of climate change: an international scholastic interchange (pilot project). Final report. BASC (Barrow Arctic Science Consortium)). The conjunction of collaborative, interdisciplinary work and multiple pedagogic strategies applied in this specific educational practice has shown the potential of implementing research group initiatives in science education. We believe that educational approaches that create spaces for students to work together towards a goal defined as a common good, can contribute significantly to develop effective science programs in schools.
ISBN 9400713207
9789400713208
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/978-94-007-1321-5_8
Field of Research 130399 Specialist Studies In Education not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category B2.1 Book chapter in non-commercially published book
Copyright notice ©2012, Springer Science+Business Media
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