Infusing Values through Real World Environmental Activities in the Secondary Science Curriculum: Research from an Indonesian Context

Udan Kusmawan, Ph.D
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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
Stream: Social Sustainability
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
Paper: Infusing Values through Real World Environmental Activities in the Secondary Science Curriculum

Udan Kusmawan, Ph.D

A PhD Research Students, School of Education, The University of Newcastle

Udan Kusmawan is a lecurer at the Indonesian Open Learning University (Universitas Terbuka Indonesia). His educational background was started at 6 years in elementary school, and another 6 years in secondary and senior high schools in Sumedang, West Java, Indenesia. His educational expertise came along with his 4-years of Chemistry education program at The Indonesia Education Univeristy graduated in 1993 and with his 2-years masters' degree at the University of Iowa, USA graduated in 1997. Currently, Udan is working on a doctorate degree at the University of Newcastle, Australia, starting in 2003. As his background of education were in science education, now he is advancing his research on environmental education which searching a connection between science and social citizenship values through environmental education.

Ref: S06P0221