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What type of pedagogy is required in schools and classrooms to support sustainable green growth? A case study of Hong Kong within the international context

Maclean, R and Margarita, P 2017 , 'What type of pedagogy is required in schools and classrooms to support sustainable green growth? A case study of Hong Kong within the international context', in R Maclean (ed.), Life in Schools and Classrooms - Past, Present and Future , Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd., Singapore, pp. 101-118.

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Abstract

Schools are one of the major agents of socialisation in society along withthe family, community, mass media and peer group. One of the important functionsor purpose of education and schooling is to equip learners to live and work effectivelyin an ever-changing and evolving society. As new and growing challengesemerge which need to be met, such as concerns about environmental issues includingdestruction of the environment, global warming and an expanding carbon footprint,schools are one of the key agents of socialisation in society which seek tobring about changes in behaviour into more desirable directions.This chapter reports on the results of a research study that examined whether theschooling provided in Hong Kong has been successful in actually getting learners tomodify their behaviour in ways and directions which are likely to successfully promoteimprovements to the environment and sustainable development. The resultsshow that although there was a perceived increase in knowledge of the selectedenvironmental issues, with regard to behaviour changes, 29.4–50.6% of studentsbelieved that their environmental behaviour had not changed. The chapter thenexamines pedagogies that can be successful in changing students’ behaviour andargues that to increase effectiveness of environmental studies, particular types oflearning should occur, including discovery learning, systems thinking-based learning,critical thinking-based learning, interdisciplinary learning, problem-basedlearning and participatory/collaborative learning. Teachers should provide anopportunity to engage students in pro-environmental activities and address valuesthat are going beyond an economic imperative.

Item Type: Book Section
Authors/Creators:Maclean, R and Margarita, P
Keywords: role of education, environmental knowledge, environmental behaviour, behaviour change, effective pedagogies, intention and action in pro-environmental behaviour
Publisher: Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
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