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Title:Technology in the service of environmental education
Author:Obanya, PaiISNI
Periodical:Educafrica: Bulletin of the Unesco Regional Office for Education in Africa
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:teaching methods
Abstract:This paper offers suggestions on how educational technology can be used to facilitate environmental education in Africa. Environmental education is that form of education which aims at raising each person's awareness of the various components of the human environment and the effect of the actions of man on this environment. It is possible to facilitate the teaching and learning of environmental sciences using the methods and products of technology. The methods of technology are needed for designing an instructional sequence and the products of technology are needed to increase the impact on learning. With respect to objectives, any meaningful programme of environmental education should ensure that its beneficiaries are in the end able to list the major characteristics of the human environment; discuss the interdependence of man and the environment; distinguish between natural and man-made environments; assess the effects of man's actions on the environment; preserve the environment; educate others on the environment; and continue interest in the study of and concern for the environment. For each of these objectives, the author presents content areas (for example, the atmosphere, nature conservation), support systems (direct and vicarious experience facilitators), suggested materials (such as models, photographs, films), and appropriate activities (such as guided discussions, actual visits) in tabular form.