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Green Chemistry: Educating Prospective Science Teachers in Education for Sustainable Development at School of Educational Studies, USM

Author(s): Mageswary Karpudewan | Zurida H. Ismail | Norita Mohamed

Journal: Journal of Social Sciences
ISSN 1549-3652

Volume: 7;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 42;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Green chemistry | teacher education | Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) | prospective science teachers | Environmental Education (EE)

Problem statement: Agenda 21 of Chapter 36 spelled out the role of education in imparting knowledge that could develop behavioral change that leads to sustainable lifestyle. In line with this, University Sains Malaysia has embarked on various projects and activities in educating and preparing the campus community towards tomorrow’s sustainability. One of the strategies taken to address ESD is through the integration of green chemistry experiments into the curriculum. Approach: Green chemistry which is a laboratory-based pedagogy was employed to educate the student teachers enrolled in the chemistry teaching methods course at the (name of department). By incorporating Green Chemistry principles into the chemistry curriculum, these future educators can provide students with a positive message about what chemists are doing for the environment in fulfilling the obligation and responsibilities of environmental stewardship. Educators would also have the opportunity to transform student perceptions about the role chemistry plays in society and to address the need to discover and develop sustainable chemistry for the future. Results: Assessment of the impact of the experience on student-teachers showed them to be intrinsically motivated in committing pro-environmental actions. The environmental values and environmental attitudes of the student teachers were observed to undergo change as well. Conclusion: This study has been shown that it is possible by educational means to encourage the inculcation of positive environmental values and to teach the skills and cognitive basis required for active participation as individuals and members of the community.
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