Journal of Science Education and Technology

, Volume 26, Issue 2, pp 238–251 | Cite as

Teaching Air Pollution in an Authentic Context

  • Achilleas Mandrikas
  • Dimitrios Stavrou
  • Constantine Skordoulis
Article

Abstract

This paper describes a teaching-learning sequence (TLS) about air pollution and the findings resulting from its implementation by pre-service elementary teachers (PET) currently undergraduate students of the Department of Primary Education in the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. The TLS focused on the relation of air pollution with wind and topography in local conditions. An authentic context was provided to the students based on daily up-to-date meteorological data via the Internet in order to estimate air pollution. The results are encouraging given that PET can correlate wind and concentration of air pollutants through reading specialized angular diagrams and weather maps, can recognize the correlation of topography in the concentration of air pollutants, and can describe temperature inversion. However, the PET demonstrated clear difficulties in ability of orientation, in wind naming, and in interpretation of symbols on weather map. Finally, the implications on teaching air pollution are discussed.

Keywords

Teaching air pollution Wind Topography Pre-service elementary teachers 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Achilleas Mandrikas
    • 1
  • Dimitrios Stavrou
    • 2
  • Constantine Skordoulis
    • 3
  1. 1.Environmental Science EducationAthensGreece
  2. 2.Department of Primary EducationUniversity of CreteRethymnonGreece
  3. 3.Department of Primary EducationNational and Kapodistrian University of AthensAthensGreece

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