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Perceptions of primary school teachers towards the South African museum as an environmental education resource

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dc.contributor.author Harrison JE en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-22T08:13:36Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-22T08:13:36Z
dc.date.created 1991 en
dc.date.submitted 1994 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/25665
dc.description.abstract This study examines the perception of a small group of primary school teachers from Gugulethu in Cape Town, of the various exhibitions and education services currently offered at the South African Museum. Their perceptions of proposed services are also examined in order to find out which of these proposals, as well as existing services, best meet the needs expressed by this group of teachers. An attempt was also made to determine their level of understanding of environmental education and awareness of environmental issues. This study suggested the need for greater emphasis to be placed on the hands-on components of the museum's education programmes. The need for syllabus-related and enriching educational programmes and resource materials was also identified. In this regard, the exhibits perceived to be of greatest benefit to the pupils were those relating either to the syllabus of their culture, whilst exhibits seen to be out of the pupils experience (e.g. Fossils) were perceived as unimportant. The teachers also expressed a strong desire for training sessions to be held at the museum that would help them improve their knowledge of the displays and programmes. It was found that the teachers' understanding of environmental education ranged from syllabus-related definitions to more holistic views. The environmental issues perceived to be of greatest importance were mainly social issues such as poverty, violence, child abuse and street children as well as water pollution and cruelty to animals. The production of posters and resource materials, drama, story-telling and programmes for parents were seen to be among the choices most favoured for the museum to adopt in promoting environmental awareness in the community. en
dc.language English en
dc.subject Education en
dc.subject Extra-curricular activities and recreation (from primary to secondary level) en
dc.subject 024 Psychology en
dc.title Perceptions of primary school teachers towards the South African museum as an environmental education resource en
dc.type Masters degree en
dc.description.degree MEd en


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