Enhancing Students' Ecological Thinking to Improve Understanding of Environmental Risk [chapter]

Norizan Esa, Hashimah Yunus, Nooraida Yakob, Mahamad Hakimi Ibrahim, Mardiana Idayu Ahmad
2014 Sustainable Living with Environmental Risks  
The current rate of human development poses a major threat to the ecological balance of the environment, and this is exacerbated by climate change effects. It is therefore important for people to understand the ecology of different locations so they can make informed decisions that will not have an adverse effect on the environment. In this regard, students form a signifi cant group for whom sound ecological thinking is necessary as they will be the future leaders and decision makers who can
more » ... n makers who can ensure the world's continued sustainability. This chapter presents the results of an ecological education project that successfully expanded students' ecological thinking. Evidence of this change is taken from interview responses before and after the ecological education project. The interview was based on a set of six photographs of different situations found in the environment. Responses were analyzed based on an ecological thinking framework developed by the researchers. This framework consisted of two components: understanding of ecology concepts and understanding of the impacts of human activity on ecosystems. The ecological education project succeeded in increasing students' ecological thinking, thereby increasing their awareness of environmental risks.
doi:10.1007/978-4-431-54804-1_21 fatcat:6gzfta4nonbzfitwspdnrcseiq