Attitudinal Trends of Teachers-in-Training on Transformative Environmental Education // Tendencias actitudinales del profesorado en formación hacia una Educación Ambiental transformadora

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Published 29-06-2017
Uxío Pérez-Rodríguez Mercedes Varela-Losada María-Asunción Lorenzo-Rial Pedro Vega-Marcote

Abstract

This study aims to obtain the attitudinal tendencies of a group of teachers in initial training in Spain (N = 889; 83.4% women and 16.6% men; 53.6% in Primary Education, and 44.8%, in Early Childhood Education), from cluster analysis of the data collected through a previously constructed and validated scale that relates their attitudes: (a) facing socio-environmental problems and (b) toward transformative Environmental Education. This analysis reveals the existence of critical and conformist attitudes that suggests that trainee teachers are not prepared to face sustainability challenges, although there is also a transformative profile consistent with Environmental Education focused on sustainable action. The results obtained may contribute to making training proposals in this field and in other contexts and to identifying those elements that should be reinforced. 

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Keywords

teacher training, transformative Environmental Education, attitudes, cluster analysis.

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