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THE FORMATION OF AN ECOLOGICAL ETHIC / ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION’S UTMOST OBJECTIVE

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Author(s): Mihaela Aurelia ŞTEFAN

Journal: Analele Universităţii din Craiova. Seria Geografie
ISSN 1224-4112

Volume: XI;
Start page: 117;
Date: 2008;
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Keywords: balanced environment | the “new education” | ecological awareness | environmental behavior | conservation | biodiversity

ABSTRACT
We live today in a world defined by the following parameters: change, speed, complexity, globalization. Defending and improving the environment for present and future generations have become people’s primary objective, a task whose implementation will be coordinated and harmonized to achieve the fundamental objectives laid down already, peace and economic and social development worldwide. It involves the transmission of knowledge, its reflection into one’s conscience, the formation of beliefs and, eventually, their externalization in positive attitudes towards the environment.The implementation of the “new education” supposes elaboration and application of some special pedagogic and social strategies. They aim:-“new education’s” penetration in school programs in the form of recommendations or modules of independent study and running through modern systems of communication: television, radio, computer networks etc.;-“new education’s” involvement in educational programs designed as alternatives to various pedagogic formulas: complementary training modules, guides, methodological guidelines, fundamental papers centered on the great issues of the contemporary world;-rethinking the systems of selecting and organizing information as part of a curriculum which either “introduces specific modules” as distinct optional disciplines in the educational plan, either introduces the specific contents of a “new education” in the sphere of several disciplines, through an “approach of infusion”.Ecological Education (environmental protection) is an essential component of the effort made in different countries in order to make education more efficient.Education is meant to approach researchers and policy makers, with the purpose to be achieved. As long as students will not know the essence of the new world that surrounds them and will not be susceptible to quality, they will not pursue the maintenance of ecological balance and environmental health. Moreover, acquiring knowledge and understanding these issues do not necessarily guarantee a resolution. On the contrary, it must be obtained a transfer between understanding the phenomenon and the individual behavior. Education has a crucial role in this process.

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