Document Type

Conference Paper

Book Title or Conference Proceedings Title

Quality in education: Teaching and leadership in challenging times

Department

Professional Development Centre, Karachi

Abstract

The paper is based on critical reflection about ‘innovative’ teaching strategies and learning experiences of a facilitator and learners about the environmental education course at Aga Khan University Institute for Educational Development, Pakistan. This 16-week elective course on environment education was offered from October 2004 to February 2005. This paper examines “what teaching strategies and learning experiences are most effective in environmental education course for bringing about positive change in knowledge skills and attitude towards environment conservation?” Our findings indicate that the course has impacted learners in terms of knowledge and personal development, through the experiences of partnership, community interaction and taking responsible conservation action in schools. They were able to understand, cope with and positively influence the environment in which they found themselves. We conclude that environmental education can be effectively offered to in-service teacher educators by providing them real life experiences of environmental conservation in the environment, appreciation about the environment, project conservation work in schools for the environment, through developing collaborative work, partnerships between facilitator and learner, and encouraging learners to think themselves as environmental literate citizens.