Perceptions of primary school teachers towards the South African museum as an environmental education resource

Harrison, Jo-Anne Elizabeth (1994) Perceptions of primary school teachers towards the South African museum as an environmental education resource. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.

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This study examines the perceptions of a small group of primary school teachers from Gugulethu in Cape Town, of the various exhibitions and education services currently offered at the South African Museum. Their perceptions of proposed services are also examined in order to find out which of these proposals, as well as existing services, best meet the needs expressed by this group of teachers. An attempt was also made to determine their level of understanding of environmental education and awareness of environmental issues. This study suggested the need for greater emphasis to be placed on the 'hands-on' components of the Museum's education programmes. The need for syllabus related and enriching educational programmes and resource materials was also identified. In this regard, the exhibits perceived to be of greatest benefit to the pupils were those relating either to the syllabus or their culture, whilst exhibits seen to be 'out of the pupils' experience' (eg. Fossils) were perceived as unimportant. The teachers also epressed a strong desire for training sessions to be held at the Museum that would help them improve their knowledge of the displays and programmes. It was found that the teachers understanding of environmental education ranged from syllabus-related definitions to more holistic views. The environmental issues perceived to be of greatest importance were mainly social issues such as poverty, violence, child abuse and street children as well as water pollution and cruelty to animals. The production of posters and resource materials, drama, story-telling and programmes for parents were seen to be among the choices most favoured for the Museum to adopt in promoting environmental awareness in the community.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Teachers, Primary school, Gugulethu, South Africa, Exhibitions, Education services, South African Museum, Cape Town, Perceptions, Environmental education, Syllabus, Culture, Training
Subjects:G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1501 Primary Education
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Education > Education
Supervisors:Irwin, Pat
ID Code:3564
Deposited By: Philip Clarke
Deposited On:05 Oct 2012 12:36
Last Modified:05 Oct 2012 12:36
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