A Proposal to Integrate the Management of Electronic Waste Into the Curriculum of Primary Schools.
 
 
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Tshwane University of Technology
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Thelma De Jager   

Tshwane University of Technology, 44A 25 th street, Menlo Park, 0081 Pretoria, South Africa
Publish date: 2015-04-26
 
EURASIA J. Math., Sci Tech. Ed 2015;11(3):443–454
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Background:
Today’s children are growing up in an environmentally damaged and technology orientated world. Electronic waste (e-waste) has been identified as the fastest growing waste tributary in the world.

Materials and methods:
The qualitative research approach was followed to investigate participants’ perspectives and experiences on the implementation of environmental sustainable curricula as a compulsory subject for students of Grades four to seven. Education specialists (n= 18), Grades four to seven teachers (n=20) of five primary schools, curriculum specialists (n=8) and technology specialists (n=6) of various institutions in South Africa were randomly selected to participate in the research study. .

Results:
Educating Grade four (nine years old) students on how to handle e-waste could have a major impact on maintaining the environment. Proposed curricula for a compulsory subject based on environmentally sustainability for Grades four to seven were compiled. These curricula should emphasise the development of students’ practical skills that will enable them to handle e-waste.

Conclusions:
Young learners should be equipped with the values, attitudes, knowledge and skills needed on how to manage e-waste and secure a healthy and a sustainable future for all. The qualitative study proposed curricula for a subject on environmentally sustainability (Grades four to seven).

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