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Promoting Pro-environmental Practices About Trees in Children Using Infrared Thermography Technology

  • Maria Eduarda Ferreira
  • João Crisóstomo
  • Rui Pitarma
Conference paper
Part of the Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies book series (SIST, volume 111)

Abstract

Humankind is concerned with sustainability issues, to which science education must be aware. Teaching science in this globalised world requires teaching strategies to prepare children for environmental citizenship. The teaching of tools for decision-making regarding pro-environment practices about trees is deeply linked to sustainable society building process. Under this approach, a study was developed with a group of Portuguese children attending the 3rd year of elementary school. It was about the didactic potential of thermograms from infrared technology. The thermograms were applied in conceptual learning. It was intended to link attitudinal behaviour to tree protection. This is a qualitative research-action approach. The results obtained at the moment reveal the potential of this technology as a promising didactic resource in the construction of pro-environmental attitudes in children. It showed the need to consider its application in a broader way, specifically to the teaching of sciences for environmental citizenship.

Keywords

Infrared thermography Teaching sciences Trees Pro-environmental Children 

Notes

Acknowledgements

This research is framed in the project “TreeM – Advanced Monitoring & Maintenance of Trees” N. º 023831, 02/SAICT/2016, co-financed by CENTRO 2020 and FCT, Portugal 2020 and structural funds UE-FEDER.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maria Eduarda Ferreira
    • 1
  • João Crisóstomo
    • 1
  • Rui Pitarma
    • 1
  1. 1.Polytechnic Institute of Guarda, Research Unit for Inland DevelopmentGuardaPortugal

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