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Environmental awareness in a teacher education course in Fiji through outdoor education

Dorovolomo, Jeremy (2015) Environmental awareness in a teacher education course in Fiji through outdoor education. Micronesian Educator, 21 . pp. 44-54. ISSN 1061-088X

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Abstract

Based on seventeen camp portfolios of students in a physical education class of the University of the South Pacific (USP), based in Fiji, the paper analyzed participants' insights into the natural world and their perceived relationship to it. It investigated the level of environmental awareness of students. Collected over three semesters, the seventeen portfolios belong to seventeen camp groups consisting of 130 tertiary students of diverse Pacific Islands and international backgrounds. The outdoors is a "laboratory" that can be used effectively for learning, including creating environmental sensitivity among students, vital in a milieu of decreased interaction with the natural world. Through portfolio reflections, it was found that the outdoor, camping experiences provided intense and valuable environmental encounters and realization, indicating that managed risk in prescribed outdoor settings can increase students' concern for the environment.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > School of Education
Depositing User: Ms Shalni Sanjana
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2016 10:15
Last Modified: 27 Apr 2016 11:18
URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/8800
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