Strand- People, place and environment
Sub-strand- Society and the environment.
Environment is sum of values which constitutes common asset of the human beings. Human beings are in an interaction with their environment as from the moment of their existence. This interaction aims to meet the requirements that necessary for their living. However, excessive consumption and misuse lead to deformation of the nature, which is capable of renewing itself. In this context, one of the most important current global issues is the environmental problem. Environmental issues gradually reach dimensions threatening the natural life and human life as well. Unplanned urbanization, improper disposal of wastes, wasting the natural resources such as air, water, and soil, and lack of positive
attitude towards these issues all speed up the process of disturbance of the natural balance. It can be understood that education aims to development of a positive attitude towards the environment at schools, i.e. the environmental education gains more and more importance, to enable elimination of the environmental issues and to develop permanent solutions for these issues. With the goal of growing citizens who are aware of their environmental responsibility, environmental education aims to teach children the environmental knowledge and to improve their awareness as from the 4th grade of the primary education Factors such as rapid population growth, unplanned urbanization, industrialization, production and excessive consumption lead to major environmental issues which are disturbing the ecologic balance.
Today’s world faces with many environmental issues such as global warming, ozone depletion, greenhouse effect, fertile soil lost due to erosion, extinction of animal and plant species, and forest fires. Environmental education has unquestionable importance in creating an environmental conscience, exhibiting this consciousness in behaviors, and informing people about impacts of their daily behaviors on the environment. Environmental education at schools is considerably important to enable all individuals to understand the environmental issues, to develop permanent solutions, and to foster environmentally-conscious individuals. Having realized this fact, many states prepared and started implementing environmental training programs from
all studies about environmental education have dealt with how to attain the objectives that specified in this Declaration. As a result of these developments, in Turkey, objectives of environmental education have been developed in such way to enable individuals to exhibit responsible behaviors and to help them to become citizens equipped with the supportive knowledge, skills and value judgments
Current environmental issues’ main result is peoples’ values and life styles and, this situation has led to different definitions about environmental education that would influence and change these values and life styles. According to some people, the environmental education is a continuous process of learning, through which individuals become aware of their environment, and gain knowledge, skills, values and experiences aimed at solving the environmental issues for the future generations
protection with their own behaviors, particularly as a consumer, requires active participation in the learning experience and taking active responsibilities, and it is emphasized that permanent learning about environmental issues is only possible through active participation of students in the environmental education
As in other disciplines, success in environmental education is directly proportional to correct selection of teaching-learning methods and techniques. As mentioned above, environmental education have reach to success when learning-teaching methods that require active participation and active responsibilities are used and students become environmentally aware individuals who are protecting and improving the environment. In this context, it is considered by researchers that the “Case-Study Method”, which is one of the learning-teaching methods of the constructive education system, can be effectively applied in the environmental education, and that extremely productive results can be achievedIn this study the experimental model was applied due to the fact that it will compare the learning-teaching process supported with case-study learning method and the learning teaching process based on the existing curriculum. The lessons for the experimental group were studied according