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Conservation Messages in Speech Bubbles–Evaluation of an Environmental Education Comic Distributed in Elementary Schools in Madagascar

  • In this paper, we present the results of a survey of an environmental education program applied to a cohort of 542 students in six primary schools at Lake Alaotra, Madagascar. The educational materials used were a comic book and additional materials designed specifically for local conditions in rural Madagascar. The comic book conveyed mostly system knowledge and, to a lesser extent, action-related knowledge. The additional materials posed practical tasks to students and were meant to stimulate teamwork and group discussion of students. There was a control and two treatment groups. A questionnaire was applied to test students’ environmental knowledge at three different points in time. The survey showed a significant increase in environmental knowledge of students receiving environmental education compared to controls. This effect significantly increased with additional education materials fostering peer-to-peer learning by students instead of when teacher-centred learning was provided. Students that used those materials also had the highest scores in tests one year after environmental education ended, thus indicating the usefulness of innovative and locally meaningful materials in environmental education.

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Author:Torsten Richter, Antje Rendigs, Claudette Patricia Maminirina
Parent Title (English):Sustainability
Document Type:Article
Year of Completion:2015
Release Date:2021/01/04
Publikation im Rahmen der Iniative "Deep Green"
DDC classes:300 Sozialwissenschaften / 370 Erziehung, Schul- und Bildungswesen / 370 Bildung und Erziehung
500 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik / 570 Biowissenschaften, Biologie / 577 Ökologie
Collections:Deep Green
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht