The Effect of Participation in Environmental Education Programs on Greek Primary School Dyslexic and Non-dyslexic Students’ Attitudes towards Environmental Problems: A Comparative Study

By Maria Dimakopoulou, Maria Kaila, Yota Xanthakou and Nikos Andreadakis.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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The present study aims at examining the effect of school, via participation in Environmental Education Programs, on dyslexic and non-dyslexic 6th Grade Greek public school students’ attitudes towards environmental issues. The present research, which is part of a larger study, was carried out in 2007, in Greek Primary Schools, and the participants were 122 students (61 dyslexic and 61 non-dyslexic students) aged between 11 to 12 years old. The aim of our study, is on the one hand, to examine whether participation in EEPs in schools, has an impact on dyslexic and non-dyslexic students’ attitudes on environmental problems, and on the other hand, to explore any differences between dyslexic and non-dyslexic students in the way their participation in EEPs affects their attitudes on environmental issues. For the implementation of the present study and the collection of data, we used semi-structured interviews, accompanied by relevant pictures for the facilitation of dyslexic students’ comprehension of the material (Cohen, Manion & Morisson, 2000).
Results showed that participation in EEPs seems to lead to more positive environmental attitudes for both non-dyslexic and dyslexic students.

Keywords: Attitudes, Environmental Education, Dyslexic Students, Environmental Education Program (EEPs) Greek Primary School

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp.33-42. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.044MB).

Maria Dimakopoulou

PhD Candidate, Department of Pre-school Education and Educational Design, University of Aegean, Athens, Attiki, Greece

Mrs Maria Dimakopoulou is currently working on her PhD thesis at the Faculty of Primary Education, University of Aegean and she has accomplished her MΕd in Environmental Education (University of the Aegean). Her research interests are within the area of Special and Environmental Education, with particular reference to the ways in which institutional practices can be developed to enhance educational opportunity and entitlement for children described as experiencing special educational needs. Specifically, she has published research studies on students’ knowledge and attitudes toward environmental problems and the education of pupils with learning disabilities and dyslexia.Msc Environmental Education.

Maria Kaila

Professor, Department of Pre-school Education and Educational Design, University of Aegean, Athens, Attiki, Greece

Maria Kaila is Professor at the University of the Aegean and Vice Rector (1997-2003), Chair of the Greek Psychological Association (2003-2005)and sits on the Committees of several international networks (PRERUDE, INRUDA, BSUN). She is an expert in issues of Universities, University Research and Sustainable Develorment, Evaluation, and also in the field of School Refusal and School Failure.She is editor of the series “Text in Education” and “Creativity”, with Professor Guy Berger and Lecturer Helena Theodoropoulou (in the former series), as well as Professor Franz Monks and Assistant Professor Yota Xanthakou (in the latter series). She is the author of six books and she has published a number of articles and chapters in international journals and volumes.

Prof. Yota Xanthakou

Accosiate Professor, Department of Education, University of Aegean, Athens, Attiki, Greece

Yota Xanthakou is Accosiate Professor at the University of the Aegean. She is an expert in Creative Learning and Teaching, in the analysis of children’s drawing and also in issues of School Refusal and School Failure. She is author of five books and several articles in Greek and international journals. Perhaps her most characteristic work is her monograrh The Creative Problem Solving, which is to be published in English. She is co-editor of the series “Creativity” with Professors Frank Monks and Maria Kaila.

Nikos Andreadakis

Assistant Professor, Department of Education, University of Aegean, Rethymno, Crete, Greece

Nikos Andreadakis is Assistant Professor University of Crete, Department of Primary Education. Expert in Educational Research and Evaluation Recherché interests: Methodology of Educational Recherché, Evaluation and accreditation, life long learning, School failure, Effective teaching and effective school. He has published three books and many articles in Greek and international journals.

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