Sustainable development: The role of the quality assessment in multistep environmental education.
Demyanenko, Valeriy1, Sarwar, Ivan2, Stepanyuk, Sofiya, 1 Cherkassy State University of Engineering and, Cherkassy2 Foundation "Applied Researches and Social Support", Cherkassy
ABSTRACT- The Ecology Department of Cherkassy Technological University and Foundation Ecological Education & Development / Foundation Applied Researches and Social Support are currently involved in the content part of environmental education (EE) mastering process which is regarded in nowadays as a key factor that influences spiritual development of a personality. Topicality of EE sets new standards for teachers, lecturers and tutors in a global scale. They must review commonly accepted economic, social and political criteria and slogans as well. This spurs educational Institutions to join their efforts and work out a common action plan identifying innovative methodological approaches to good EE. So it is very important to identify the qualities of the environmentally educated personality which should be regarded as basic one in the process of EE. The criteria and assessment of quality of environmentally educated personality are major and driven the need to indicate the essential characteristic for good environmental education. Determination that both (the Biosphere and Sustainable Development) conceptions should be in the content part of good EE as the first methodological condition. This constitutes the transdisciplinary approaches as an essential method for successful ecological values formation. Identification the key qualities to be applied in a multi step process as a method and models for good EE. The categories derived from the Earth Education Partnership Program (EEPP) serve as a key method for quality assessment of environmentally educated personality. There are several differences between the approach to identification of quality indicators for good EE recommended by national institute for curriculum Development (SLO), Enschede the Netherlands (1998) and that currently used by the Regional Post Diploma Teachers Mastering Institute and Ecology Department of Technology University, Cherkassy, Ukraine. The major difference is the consideration of sustainable development concept as a final one for developing competence.
Key words: Environmental education (EE) transdisciplinary EEP
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