ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION AND CLIMATE CHANGE: PERCEPTION AND PRACTICES OF TEACHERS IN SUSTAINABLE SCHOOLS
Keywords:COM-VIDA, Climate education, Fridays for Future, Public Policy, Socio-environmental
Environmental Education (EE) emerges as a tool to foster discussions on Climate Change (CC) in the school context. In this sense, the goal of this study was to investigate what is the teachers' perspective on the impacts of CC and how they have been working CC in the classroom as well as how they perceive the potential of environmental education in the face of this process. This study was qualitative research, carried out with 24 educators from 12 institutions of the Municipal Education System of Teresina (SEMEC) how participate in the National Program for Sustainable Schools (PNES). Semistructured questionnaires were applied to them and the data categorized according to the Content Analysis. As a result, it was found that educators relate CC to changes in weather, being the rise in
temperature the most perceived impact by them (54.2%), followed by loss of biodiversity and migratory flows. In addition, they presented ecological concepts of EE, they connected the term "Climate Change" to the Biological Sciences and Geography. About 71% of teachers claimed to use environmental awareness activities in class to address CC with an interdisciplinary approach to promote changes in pedagogical practices. Regarding to the Fridays For Future, 62.5% of teachers were unaware of the movement but showed interest in knowing it and 83.3% of educators are willing to support events like this at school. Therefore, according to the results, it can be inferred that it is important to develop EE actions that stimulate students' critical thinking, thus contributing to changes in behavior and decision making in the face of environmental issues. This should occur not only in sustainable schools but in an integral and continuous process in all schools.
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