Promoting Environmental Values through Science Process Skill Based ActivitiesAuthor : R.Ramnath and P.Sivakumar
Volume 1 No.2 July-December 2012 pp 42-45
Apart from the knowledge and attitudes, there is one more part of science i.e. science process skills. Children should not learn mear the concepts, should learn how to learn by thinking critically and using information creatively. Once the mind administered in the process in turn it yields automatically the product. In this context ,it has been analyzed that instead of the environmental values have been inculcating through school curricula in the form of knowledge, it must be imparted through the compulsory activities as supplementary to the science subject by means of the process skills such as observing, classifying, communicating, measuring, estimating, reasoning, predicting, inferring, identifying, controlling variables, defining operationally, hypothesizing, experimenting, graphing, interpreting, modelling and investigation as per the level of the students. The samples of 50 students of IX standard from Alagappa Model Higher Secondary school, Karaikudi were adapted to the present study by random sampling technique. The single group design has been employed to conduct an experiment with the above science process skills. The performance scale, questionnaire for environmental values and reaction scales were used as the tool for the present study, through the data also been collected. The results from analyzed data showed that there was an excellent realization of the values of students on environmental issues rather that their realization of values acquired through advance organiser. The science process skill based activities evident that it would help us to inculcate the environmental values stronger, retain longer and ever.
Science Process Skill, Environmental Values, Advance Organizer, Curriculum