Children’s Perceptions about Human-Environment Interrelationship: Analysis of Drawings in the context of Early Childhood Education for Sustainability.

2014-07-02
Cengizoğlu, Seçil
Olgan, Refika
Teksöz, Gaye
In order to promote the concept of sustainability, UN ESCO (2002) proposes that humankind must learn the impacts and the consequences of their actions on natural resources and must change their patterns of using natural resources for a sustainable fu ture. In this spirit, early childhood education for sustainability is considered as one of the solutions to tackle with the challenges of unsustainability, through immersing children into sustainability issues through implementing education programs. Studying and understanding how young children perceive their environment is a way for educator s to design and arrange learning experiences, due to the fact that revealing children's understandings and perception is significant for planning education experiences for children (Keliher, 1997). In this aspect, the present study attempts to visualize how 60-66 month-old preschool children perceive human-environment interrelationship in the context of sustainability. Accordingly, the data was collected from 18 children, thro ugh empirical materials consisting of drawings about "environment and human being" with children's subseq uent oral comments and explanations related to the drawings. Analysis of the drawings was realized in a repeated and thorough manner, examining each drawing as a unit and catching the qualitativ e similarities and differences regarding each child's comments. Findings displayed that preschool children did not depict any human-environmen t relationship in their drawings. Children figured out "environment" in three ways as (1) Environment is a pl ace in which everything looks fine, (2) Environment is a place, in which fantastic and unusu al objects live, (3) Environment is a place which is learned through secondary sources.
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S. Cengizoğlu, R. Olgan, and G. Teksöz, “Children’s Perceptions about Human-Environment Interrelationship: Analysis of Drawings in the context of Early Childhood Education for Sustainability.,” presented at the 66th OMEP World Assembly and Conference, Cork, İrlanda, 2014, Accessed: 00, 2021. [Online]. Available: https://hdl.handle.net/11511/86555.