Greening the Curricula: A Comparison between Primary and Secondary Eco-school Projects

By Abigail López-Alcarria, Óscar Burgos-Peredo, Javier Perales-Palacios and José Gutiérrez-Pérez.

Published by The International Journal of Sustainability Education

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In this paper, we analyze the analogies and differences of the Eco-school Programs (EP) between Primary and Secondary centers. We aim to determine the existence of elements which differentiate the planning, implementation, management models, content and the execution of different EP projects and their related activities. A sample of 20 eco-schools was selected and we analyzed the testimonials of the coordinators of the EP. Analysis of qualitative and quantitative data allows the determination, in a comparative way, of patterns towards the greening of the curricula.

Keywords: Environmental Education (EE), Primary Education, Secondary Education, Eco-school Programs (EP), Greening Curricula, Comparative Study

The International Journal of Sustainability Education, Volume 9, Issue 2, pp.1-18. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 765.191KB).

Abigail López-Alcarria

Department of Methods of Research and Education Diagnosis, University of Granada, Granada, Spain

Abigail López-Alcarria received the M.Ed. degree in Pedagogy and carried out a Master in Environmental Education from the University of Granada, Spain in 2010 and 2011 respectively. Since December 2011 she is a Ph.D. fellow at the University of Granada, Spain and she is working as a researcher for the Environmental Education, Social and Institutional Assessment research group at the Education Research and Diagnosis Methods Department of the University of Granada, Spain. Her research focus is on Environmental Educational Programs.

Dr. Óscar Burgos-Peredo

Chile

Óscar Burgos-Peredo is a Ph.D. in Education. His main research way is focused on eco-schools programmes.

Dr. Javier Perales-Palacios

University of Granada, Granada, Spain

F. Javier Perales-Palacios is a professor 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 books and is a member of the editorial board of several international science and environmental education journals.

Dr. José Gutiérrez-Pérez

Department of Methods of Research and Education Diagnosis, University of Granada, Granada, Spain

José Gutiérrez-Pérez is a senior lecturer in educational research methods in the Faculty ofEducation at the University of Granada (Spain), where he teaches program evaluation and research methodologies in environmental education.