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Addressing climate change at a much younger age than just at the decision-making level: Perceptions from primary school teachers in Fiji

Havea, Peni H. and Tamani, Apenisa and Takinana, A. and De Ramon N'Yeurt, Antoine and Hemstock, Sarah L. and Jacot des Combes, Helene (2019) Addressing climate change at a much younger age than just at the decision-making level: Perceptions from primary school teachers in Fiji. In: Climate Change and the Role of Education. Climate Change Management . Springer Nature, Cham, pp. 149-167. ISBN 978-3-030-32897-9

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Abstract

This study uses an explanatory design to investigate the role of primary education in addressing climate change in primary schools in Fiji. A self-administered questionnaire (N = 30) was conducted with primary school teachers from 14 primary schools in Fiji. Using frequency analysis, all teachers perceived that addressing climate change at a much younger age is more effective than just addressing it at the decision-making level. Furthermore, a Kendall tau-b was performed, and identified a significant correlation between the primary school teachers’ location and recommendations for further training on climate change (τb = .59, p < .001) and work relevance and climate evaluation (τb = .6, p < .001). The same factors (e.g. work relevancy, helping primary education adapt to climate change, etc.) were explored qualitatively using desktop review, literature search and found addressing climate change at a much younger age to be significant. These results are expected to perfect not only the role of primary education but to contribute significantly to the achievements of a climate-resilient Fiji by 2030 and beyond.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Uncontrolled Keywords: Pacific, Climate change, Primary education, Policy, Teachers, Resilience
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Q Science > QC Physics > QC980-999 Climatology and weather
Divisions: Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development (PACE-SD)
Depositing User: Antoine N'Yeurt
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2020 15:31
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2020 15:31
URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/12207
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