Taking sides about an environmental issue: What do preschoolers claim for tree logging and on what grounds?

VASSILIKI ZOGZA, MARIDA ERGAZAKI

Abstract


This paper reports on two case studies concerning young children’s reasoning about human actions on nature. In each study, children are presented with a different plausible scenario of tree logging, before and after a teaching intervention. The latter has to do with trees as animal-habitats and is set in the broader context of Education for Sustainable Development. We are discussing the possible impact of the teaching intervention as well as that of the probing scenarios, on children’s attitudes for tree logging and on the ways they justify them.


Keywords


Education for sustainable development, preschool children’s environmental reasoning, attitudes about environmental issues

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Educational Journal of the University of Patras UNESCO Chair, ISSN: 2241-9152

Department of Educational Sciences and Early Childhood Education University of Patras.

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