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Brunei's educational efforts in global warming

Updated On: Jun 08, 2009

A lecturer from Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Institute of Education's (SHBIE) in Science Education and Sustainability Studies has urged teachers to develop background understanding of global warming.

In order for students to gain a better understanding of global warming, teachers need to be well-versed in the topic.

There are some concerns that teachers may lack the adequate knowledge, leading to low levels of understanding amongst the students as well.

This may lead to some of the teachers giving the wrong answers.

Students may not understand why it happened and how it affects humankind and planet Earth and may derive their knowledge mainly through the mass media.

Teachers may utilize research to prepare and test their students on the reasons behind global warming.

Causation, consequences and possible solutions may also be important elements for inclusion.

All these may be carried out in the effort to incorporate global-warming into the syllabus.

Some of the reasons cited by the lecturer for the lack of preparation may include administration work, meetings and other priorities.

Research work for this study on the understanding of global warming was carried out in a one-tier questionnaire that was subdivided into causes, problems and solutions that was developed and piloted with 50 second-year undergraduates from Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD).

The pilot study was then used to develop a two-tier diagnostic instrument which was administered to 100 Year 10 and 11 students in Brunei Darussalam.

Sources

Brunei Times, "Teachers must be well-versed inglobal warming BRUNEI-MUARA" dated 3 June 2009  in the Brunei Times website [downloaded on 3 June 2009], available at http://www.bt.com.bn/en/home_news/2009/06/03/teachers_must_be_well_versed_inglobal_warming







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