Infusing Values through Real World Environmental Activities in the Secondary Science Curriculum: Research from an Indonesian Context
Environmental education has a fundamental role of justifying values over the humanity’s relationship with nature. It is fundamental because it effects how humans behave toward nature. A school has a key role in which young generations learn as well as practice scientific ways to relate values with their beliefs regarding the environment acquired from their interactions with natural environment and societies. This paper describes an infusive approach on the learning of the environment in the secondary Science Curriculum in some key Indonesian schools. This approach focused on scientific activities to enable students to pervade environmental values in the Science curriculum. The activities consisted of student research and participation involving groups of students defining their own problems, solving the problem through either the research or participation method and finally communicating their results. Preliminary results indicate that infusing real world observation values in scientific activities reinforced student concern for environmental problems and fostered positive attitudes to the environment.
Keywords: Environmental education, values, beliefs, infusive approach, Science Curriculum, Indonesian schools, scientific activities, student research, participation, problem-solving, attitudes
Udan Kusmawan, Ph.D
A PhD Research Students, School of Education, The University of Newcastle