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An evaluation of the Landcare for Teachers Program in the context of environmental education

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Chen, Henry Cheng-li (1994) An evaluation of the Landcare for Teachers Program in the context of environmental education. Unspecified thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

Landcare education is part of environmental education and unique to
Australia. This paper examines Landcare as an approach to Australian
environmental education experience and looks at the practice of environmental
education in Australia from the perspective of a Chinese student from Taiwan.
This study should therefore benefit both Australia and the Republic of China
(Taiwan).
The study focuses on the Landcare for Teachers Program which is a promising
teacher training course which will help educators to start or enhance their
teaching in Landcare. The skills acquired by participants are also applicable to
other subject areas and non-teaching activities.
Evaluation is necessary before the program can successfully be extended from
Tasmania to other Australian States and Territories, and be considered for use
in other countries. An evaluation of the Landcare for Teachers Program was
made using a questionnaire survey along with interviews of some of the
participants and key persons including seminar leaders.
Findings are based upon the questionnaire, interviews, and related
documentary and statistical analysis. The results of the evaluation have
allowed recommendations to be made for the Landcare for Teachers program
and the potential for developing a similar program in the Republic of China to
be assessed.
The major findings are that the Landcare for Teachers Program has a very
positive response from participants, more than 90% satisfaction rate, which is
an indication of its success; however, the course content lacks a clear
philosophical direction, such as might be derived from the environmental ethic
of, for example, the Australian Aboriginal culture. In addition, some course
topics need more careful design to cater for the differing needs of primary and
secondary school teachers, taking account of their different training
backgrounds and teaching subject areas.

Item Type: Thesis (Unspecified)
Keywords: Landcare for Teachers Program, Land use, Environmental education
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Thesis (M.Env.St.)--University of Tasmania, 1995. Includes bibliographical references (leaves 66-71)

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