Children's attitudes towards local grasslands: Research Seminar

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Tuesday 4 September 2018

Come to our lunchtime research seminar, about children's perception of space in the context of place-based education, on Tuesday 4 September at Footscray Park Campus.

Dr Efrat Eilam of the Institute for Sustainable Industries and Liveable Cities (ISILC) will present her research at this free seminar.

The discussion will be chaired by Dianne Hall.

About the seminar

Seminar topic: Perception of Space among Children Studying Their Local Grasslands: Examining Attitudes & Behavioural Intentions.

Dr Eilam's research investigates the cognitive attitudinal dispositions involved in perceiving space as ‘empty.' It looks at how students’ attitudes toward one grassland site inform their attitudes and behavioural intentions when applied to similar spaces which are spatially and temporally remote.

A group of urban primary students participated in a four-month environmental education program. In it, they were immersed in a local grassland reserve through repeated visits and learning about grasslands. Data collection included surveys and a focus group activity concerning future neighbourhood planning.

The results indicate that the children perceived as ‘empty’ spaces which were un-built, lacked human activities, or were un-identified on a map of the area. Students presented negative attitudes toward ‘empty spaces’ and were inclined to ‘fill’ them. In regard to future planning of their neighbourhood, high consistency was found between the students’ positive attitudes and their intentions to preserve the studied grassland site.

This alignment between attitudes and behavioural intentions became disentangled when applied to remote sites at future times. While attitudes remained positive, behavioural intentions were willing to forsake grassland sites. The implications of the findings to environmental education are discussed.

  • Date: 4 September 2018
  • Time: 12pm – 1pm
  • Venue: Building G, Room G370, Footscray Park Campus
  • RSVP: email [email protected]

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4 September 2018, 12:00pm to 1:30pm


Footscray Park Ballarat Road

Building G, Room G370

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Teah Farrugia
Senior Project Officer
College of Education
9919 2240