London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Citizenship and environmental education

Author(s) Jan Lorencovic, Eva Lorencovicová,  
Publisher CiCe Publications  
Year 2005  
Editor A. Ross, Teaching Citizenship  
Language English  
Age group -  
The aim of this paper is to present environmental education as an integral part of citizenship education. It is obvious that the main task of schools today is to educate and bring up. As Sev˘cíková (2003, p 9) says, education has the function of creating a harmonious and dignified participation of people in a shared life style. This life style, stress on self-imposed moderation, on non-consuming, and the spiritual qualities of human life are the key points in environmental education. It is important to mention the crucial role of environment education, with an emphasis on the out-of-school environment. The ordinary school environment does not seem to accomplish the needs of environmental education. The school in the Czech Republic is structured to make all educational processes effective. Classrooms are uniform – three rows of five desks, blackboard, teacher’s desk, etc. This environment is very far from the everyday life of adult citizens. The school should prepare pupils for the real life, for the life as it really is. Learners should see that what they learn at school is visible or applicable in everyday life. This is the aspect where we see the opportunity of organising walks, trips and excursions. These should not serve as merely additional activities but as equal organisational forms to those used in everyday instruction.

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