An evaluation of the interdisciplinary nature of environmental education in colleges of education in Bophuthatswana

Akwa, Joseph Yeboah (1994) An evaluation of the interdisciplinary nature of environmental education in colleges of education in Bophuthatswana. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.

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This study was aimed at evaluating the interdisciplinary nature of environmental education within the colleges of education in Bophuthatswana. Data collection was based on semi-structured interviews with college lecturers and, to a lesser extent, on observations during a workshop with environmental educators from Bophuthatswana. Knowledge was gained about college related factors which influence the varying extent to which environmental education is being implemented within the colleges of education. Lecturers' understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of environmental education and related concepts was explored. Insights were also gained into problems of implementation which included lecturers' limited understanding of the concept of interdisciplinarity, structural ambiguities, limited training and experience, and a lack of clarity in both local and international literature on environmental education concepts and terms. Specifically the study sought to illuminate the dichotomy between theory and practice, the conflict between the dominant curriculum paradigm and the new emerging paradigm, and tensions between the interdisciplinary nature of environmental education and subject-based disciplines, which lead to problems of implementation. The study could make an important contribution to the current curriculum debate on environmental education in South Africa by illuminating the dichotomy between the theory and the practice of environmental education, and the problems involved in translating interdisciplinary approaches into workable classroom practices within discipline based curriculum structures.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Environmental education, Bophuthatswana, South Africa, Educators, Colleges, Lecturers, Implementation, Curriculum, Subject-based disciplines
Subjects:L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Education > Education
Supervisors:Van Rensburg, Eureta
ID Code:3549
Deposited By: Philip Clarke
Deposited On:02 Oct 2012 12:05
Last Modified:02 Oct 2012 12:05
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