The impacts of a climate change SSI-STEAM program on junior high school students' climate literacy

Su-Yeon Choi, A-Rang Won, Hye-Eun Chu, Hyun-Jung Cha, Hyeonjeong Shin, Chan-Jong Kim*

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Abstract

This study aims to investigate climate literacy among junior high school students participating in an SSI-STEAM climate change education program and to examine the impacts of the program on the cultivation of climate literacy. Thirty-one eighth-grade students in Seoul, Korea, participated in this study. Data were collected using pre- and post-program surveys with a climate literacy questionnaire (CLQ), students’ background survey questions, interviews with participants, and from the artifacts produced by students during the program. Participants’ climate literacy was shown to improve substantially after attending the program, especially in the domains of perception and action. The four characteristics of climate literacy change were identified in the participants’ responses: more concrete ideas, extension of the scope of thinking, positive responsibility, and relevance recognition. The climate literacy program developed showed potential for fostering young people’s climate literacy along with their understanding of responsible national and global citizenship. The study discusses the implications of these findings and includes suggestions for future climate literacy program development and for both curricular and extra-curricular climate change education that can together nurture students’ more profound understanding of climate change.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)96–133
Number of pages38
JournalAsia-Pacific science education
Volume7
Issue number1
Early online date28 May 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2021

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Keywords

  • climate change
  • SSI education
  • STEAM education
  • climate literacy

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