Sustainability Culture and Communication Technologies: Possibilities for Environmental Educators

By José Gutiérrez-Pérez, Ojeda-Barceló Fernado and Javier Perales-Palacios.

Published by The International Journal of Sustainability Education

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In view of the growing use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in present-day societies, in this article we questioned the extent to which environmental educators make use of them in their teaching work. To discover this, we designed an on-line Likert-type questionnaire that began with the creation of an international virtual community. 232 educators from 12 different countries responded to this questionnaire. As this is a descriptive study, we analysed the replies according to the different items in terms of the deficiencies and potentials that the use of ICT brings to this community as well as the possible resistance and obstacles to incorporating technological skills in their professional practice. The results show that educators/ environmental trainers do not habitually use ICT in their practice and that much remains to be done both in its didactic application and in the design of educational proposals as well as in the training and qualification of teachers.

Keywords: Information and Communication Technologies, Environmental Education,Professional Practices, Diagnostic Study, Educators Survey

The International Journal of Sustainability Education, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp.21-39. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 703.888KB).

Dr. José Gutiérrez-Pérez

Director of the Secondary Training Teacher Master Degree, Faculty of Education, Postgraduate School, University of Granada, Granada, Andalusia, Spain

Dr. José GUTIÉRREZ-PÉREZ is a senior lecturer in educational research methods in the Faculty of Education at the University of Granada (Spain), where he teaches program evaluation and research methodologies in environmental education. He was head of the Quality and Evaluation Unit of the University of Granada and director of the Environmental Education Research Group HUM-890. His research focuses upon the evaluation of environmental education centres and the assessment of their educational programs. He played a key role in the development of the Spanish National Strategy for Environmental Education. He has published a number of books and papers, and is a member of the editorial board of several international environmental education journals. At the moment he drives the project EDU2008- 03898 of the I+D+i Research National Plan.

Ojeda-Barceló Fernado

Málaga, Andalusia, Spain

Dr. FERNANDO OJEDA-BARCELÓ is a teacher and Director of the School “La Presentación” at Málaga (Spain). His research is on environmental education in non-formal context.

Dr. Javier Perales-Palacios

University of Granada, Granada, Spain

Dr. JAVIER PERALES-PALACIOS is aprofessor of Science Education in the Faculty of Education at the University of Granada (Spain), where he teaches sciences for primary, secondary teachers and master students. He has published a number of papers and books, and is a member of the editorial board of several international science and environmental education journals.