Accepted Abstract

Teaching As if the Earth Matters

International School of Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
East Asian Council of Schools (EARCOS), Manila, Philippines
Odyssey Institute, Bali Indonesia
Earth Matters Institute, SE Asia

This research compared the effectiveness of a one-week outdoor adventure program (Malaysia Week) conducted in various locations throughout Malaysia and a one-semester natural history course (The WILD Malaysia Semester Course) taught in a classroom setting at the International School of Kuala Lumpur (ISKL) in influencing student attitudes towards the environment.

Data collected included student journals, student surveys, student interviews, teacher surveys, teacher interviews and a personal journal.  Evidence showed that both Malaysia Week and The WILD Malaysia Semester Course had a positive impact on teachers and students attitudes towards the environment with unique desired outcomes for each experience.  Evidence also demonstrated students and teachers desire for more hands-on, field based practical learning.

These findings influenced curriculum revisions of Malaysia Week and The WILD Malaysia Semester Course and implementation of best practices in environmental education for the desired outcome of engaging students in environmental stewardship and action for the environment.

Kenny’s presentation will specifically address current issues in education and how best to address Howard Gardner’s Naturalist Intelligence and best practices for teachers to instill a sense of environmental stewardship in students.



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