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RIDE. Revista Iberoamericana para la Investigación y el Desarrollo Educativo

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CERVANTES CASTRO, Rosa Delia; GOMEZ CORDERO, Xóchitl  and  OLGUIN VILLARREAL, Martín Dagoberto. Environmental Culture and Teaching Techniques. A Case of a Middle School in Cd. Victoria, Tamaulipas. RIDE. Rev. Iberoam. Investig. Desarro. Educ [online]. 2019, vol.10, n.19, e028.  Epub May 15, 2020. ISSN 2007-7467.

Nowadays, environmental culture is a relevant and priority issue all around the globe. Its relevance lays on the recent events that affect the environment and that could be prevented. Accordingly, it is necessary to focus environmental education towards the formation of values and raising awareness to create beneficial attitudes towards the planet. In middle school education study programs this topic is included; therefore, it is interesting to explore how teachers teach it.

The main objective of this study was to analyze the teaching techniques used by the middle school teacher to understand if they allow the development of a critical thinking and reflection on environmental care in middle school students. Therefore, we consider as a priority to explore the way in which students conceive the environmental education they receive in the classroom, and how it influences their daily behavior.

This research was quantitative-explanatory. Two professors of the science courses were surveyed. The main results show that the teacher leads them to reflection through techniques such as moderated discussions. This allows students to learn about problems, discuss their importance and reflect on their way of acting. In addition, when asking about the way in which the teacher teaches the class, the percentages suggest that when students do not have clear information, there is a timely explanation. Therefore, the results suggest that the techniques used by teachers in general middle school allow students to develop critical thinking about the care of the environment.

Keywords : culture; environmental education; teaching techniques.

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