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The role of environmental education in compulsory education: The case of mathematics textbooks in Greece


Dimitra Spiropoulou 
Consultant in Environmental Education, Pedagogical Institute of Greece, Greece 

George Roussos 
Secondary school chemistry teacher, Greece 
grouss78@yahoo.gr

John Voutirakis 
Secondary school home economics teacher, Pedagogical Institute of Greece, Greece

 

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This paper was edited extensively by Dr B.M. Matthews to conform to the style of the International Education Journal.

Abstract

School plays an important role in the formation of children's positive attitudes towards the environment. Mathematics textbooks also play an important role in environmental education, because environmental problems have two distinct features: the quality and the quantity of environmental resources. It is well known that as students go higher in their education they often show a negative attitude toward mathematics. One possible reason for this is that mathematics contains many abstract concepts. Another reason is that students think that mathematics has nothing to do with their everyday needs. In this study research is conducted on the frequency of environmental topics in selected Greek mathematics textbooks. The results show that there are some environmental topics, but the way they appear does not help students forming positive attitudes towards the environment. 

Environmental education, Greek school curriculum, environmental topics, school programs, mathematics textbooks

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Spiropoulou, D., Roussos, G. and Voutirakis, J. (2005) The role of environmental education in compulsory education: The case of mathematics textbooks in Greece. International Education Journal, 6 (3), 400-406.
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