domingo, 5 de abril de 2009

Eco-Schools Programme: A contribution for its assessment in Portugal

Resumo da comunicação a apresentar no 5º Congresso Mundial de Ed. Ambiental - Montréal (Québec) Canada, 10 a 14 de Maio de 2009
Eco-Schools Programme: A contribution for its assessment in Portugal

Gomes1, 2, J. C.; Caeiro2, S.; Amador2, F.
1Colégio Valsassina; 2Universidade Aberta
Eco-Schools is an international programme for education for sustainability first developed in the 1990s and implemented in Europe, America and Africa.
It aims the implementation of Local Agenda 21, to apply educational and environmental management concepts and ideas in the daily life of the school. The United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development, which began in 2005, is a matchless opportunity to include the topic in the national agenda in this field, being the Eco-Schools Programme an important tool for this purpose.
This study intends to help to understand the implementation success of this Programme's methodology through the development of an assessment tool, to reflect the work carried out and for further corrections/improvement of future actions.
Based on a qualitative-quantitative research, this work involved a questionnaire survey to about 150 Portuguese Eco-Schools and a case study was conducted based on non-participant observation techniques.
The research was developed between December 2007 and December 2008, with the cooperation of the national coordinators of the Eco-Schools Programme and the Regional Education. A tool is proposed to monitor and evaluate the Programme that it will be applied to the Portuguese Eco-Schools, trying to contest the lack of assessment of these type of programs Its use will enable the school community to improve its practices in the implementation of the Eco-Schools Programme and to more closely involve pupils, aiming sustainability.

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