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2014 | 14 | 1(29) | 21-37
Article title

Namibian pre-service science teachers’ perspectives on environmental issues

Content
Title variants
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Perspektywy namibijskich studentów pedagogiki dotyczące kwestii środowiskowych
Languages of publication
EN
Abstracts
EN
As with many countries worldwide, Namibia is, despite its relatively small population and stable government, facing some significant environmental problems. This research sought to determine how a group of potentially influential tertiary-level students perceived the state of the environment in Namibia. To this end, a cohort of 20 preservice science teachers were interviewed to determine their perceptions of the environmental issues facing Namibia. The majority of the cohort identified deforestation as the major such issue. They also associated this concern with other problems such as soil erosion, salinity, and desertification. Some also raised concerns about global warming and associated climate change; several of the preservice teachers believed the country was already experiencing the effects of this. Although the population of Namibia is quite small relative to its area, the future teachers perceived population growth as a problem contributing to both environmental and social problems. All viewed education as key to reducing family size and alleviating social and environmental problems. However, none of the cohort made any connection between increasing patterns of consumption and environmental degradation.
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Jak wiele krajów na całym świecie, Namibia, poza względnie niewielką populacją i stabilnym rządem, boryka się z poważnymi problemami środowiskowymi. Artykuł przedstawia wyniki badań ukierunkowanych na określenie, w jaki sposób grupa potencjalnie wpływowych studentów trzeciego stopnia pedagogiki postrzega stan środowiska w Namibii. W tym celu przeprowadzono wywiady z grupą 20 przyszłych nauczycieli, aby zbadać ich postrzeganie wyzwań środowiskowych, przed jakimi stoi Namibia. Większa część respondentów stwierdziła, że głównym problemem jest wylesianie. Kojarzyli oni również zagrożenia środowiskowe z erozją, zasoleniem oraz pustynnieniem. Niektóre osoby wskazywały na globalne ocieplenie i powiązane z nim zmiany klimatyczne, kilku studentów uważało, że kraj już cierpi z powodu tych zjawisk. Pomimo że populacja Namibii jest dość niewielka w porównaniu do jej powierzchni, przyszli nauczyciele uznali wzrost liczby ludności za problem zarówno środowiskowy, jak też społeczny. Wszyscy respondenci postrzegali edukację jako klucz do zmniejszenia wielkości rodzin oraz złagodzenia problemów środowiskowych i społecznych. Jednak żaden z uczestników badania nie powiązał degradacji środowiska z umacniającymi się wzorcami konsumpcyjnymi.
Year
Volume
14
Issue
Pages
21-37
Physical description
Dates
online
2014-03
Contributors
  • University of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia
  • University of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia
author
  • University of New England, Armidale, Australia
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Document Type
Publication order reference
Identifiers
ISSN
2081-8319
YADDA identifier
bwmeta1.element.desklight-229008f4-f922-4bc7-a0c1-02ae983a7b45
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