Promoting Environmental Education for Primary School-aged Students Using Digital Technologies
John Buchanan 1, Kimberley Pressick-Kilborn 1 * , Damian Maher 1
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1 University of Technology Sydney, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA* Corresponding Author


As demands on the environment continue to intensify, it becomes increasingly urgent to act sustainably, responsibly and respectfully, to protect and restore environments. Digital technologies, including videoconferencing, mobile apps and virtual and augmented realities, can provide new ways of engaging students in environmental stewardship. Such technologies can pique student interest, while enabling them to capture experiences of local and distal environments, to collect data and share their findings with broader audiences. This article critically explores innovative, formal and informal learning practices in experiential environmental education approaches among schools, families and communities, such as citizen science projects. It draws on qualitative case study vignettes, as well as the authors’ previous work and broader literature, to consider the potential and limitations of such technologies and approaches. The key question concerns how existing and emerging technologies might serve as bridges or barriers to apprenticing young people into globally-minded, environmentally responsible and respectful behaviours.


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Article Type: Research Article

EURASIA J Math Sci Tech Ed, Volume 15, Issue 2, February 2019, Article No: em1661

Publication date: 10 Dec 2018

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