The purpose of this research was to find out the problem areas to improve the quality of environmental subjects in secondary schools. A questionnaire survey and observation of class were conducted. A 5-point Likert scale self-evaluation questionnaire on their professionalism in environmental education was developed based on Hungerford et al.'s(1994) five evaluation areas. The questionnaire was responded by 249 junior high school teachers and 182 high school teachers from 34 schools in the City of Seoul and Gyeonggi Province, Korea. The class observations consisted of actual classroom observations, videotaping, and interviews of two junior high school teachers. The survey analysis revealed that teachers evaluated their professionalism on environmental subjects to be about in the middle of the scale. However, the class observations revealed that there was a big gap between their self-evaluation of professionalism and their actual classroom application. The two interviewed teachers also admitted that although they knew the importance of environmental education, they were not confident in applying it in the classroom. The results of this research can serve as a basic reference in improving environment-related subject education.

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An analysis of secondary school teacheres' professionalism for teaching environmental subjects

Yeon-A Son   1 Dankook University

Soojeong Myeong   State University of New York

State University of New York Choi   Korea National University of Education

Byeong-Mee Min   Dankook University

The purpose of this research was to find out the problem areas to improve the quality of environmental subjects in secondary schools. A questionnaire survey and observation of class were conducted. A 5-point Likert scale self-evaluation questionnaire on their professionalism in environmental education was developed based on Hungerford et al.'s(1994) five evaluation areas. The questionnaire was responded by 249 junior high school teachers and 182 high school teachers from 34 schools in the City of Seoul and Gyeonggi Province, Korea. The class observations consisted of actual classroom observations, videotaping, and interviews of two junior high school teachers. The survey analysis revealed that teachers evaluated their professionalism on environmental subjects to be about in the middle of the scale. However, the class observations revealed that there was a big gap between their self-evaluation of professionalism and their actual classroom application. The two interviewed teachers also admitted that although they knew the importance of environmental education, they were not confident in applying it in the classroom. The results of this research can serve as a basic reference in improving environment-related subject education.

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