Developing Children's Environmental Literacy Through Literature: An Analysis of 100 Basic Literary Works

ERDOĞAN M., Coskun E., Uşak M.

EURASIAN JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH, vol.11, no.42, pp.45-62, 2011 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 11 Issue: 42
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.45-62
  • Keywords: Environmental literacy, content analysis, 100 basic literary works, Turkey, CURRICULUM
  • Akdeniz University Affiliated: Yes


Problem Statement: Development of environmental literacy, the ultimate goal of environmental education, should not be bound only to the natural sciences. It can also be developed though art and literature when considering the interdisciplinary nature of environmental education. Literary children's books, for example, can be an effective tool to develop students' environmental literacy. Even though MoNE suggested 100 classics for elementary and secondary education students to develop reading habits and to introduce the national and international classic works, a number of studies focussing on the implications of these classics on the educational process (policy and practice) and individual development of the students is limited. In this regard, the present study is one of the initial attempts to reveal the hidden and/or explicit effects of these classics on students' environmental literacy.