Academic journal article Kuram ve Uygulamada Egitim Bilimleri

Implementation of a Performance Task for Developing the Value of Love of Nature

Academic journal article Kuram ve Uygulamada Egitim Bilimleri

Implementation of a Performance Task for Developing the Value of Love of Nature

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Developments in industry and technology have resulted in negative changes in nature, the environment, and the ecological structure. Reasons for these adverse effects are the contamination and destruction of nature and insensible misuse of natural resources. As a result of industrial and technological developments, the number of working people have increased, people's life styles have changed, and wild life has been harmed due to unconsciousness behaviors toward nature. Consequently, overconsumerist society emerged which then resulted in the misuse of resources and destruction of nature. Therefore, humanity should strive for the collective creation of a more sustainable natural life without harming nature and its resources for a viable future.

In today's world, environmental problems, population growth, housing, energy problems, agricultural problems, desertification, drought, deforestation, soil erosion, extinction of species, water pollution, and soil pollution are the main issues. Our environment, which is the habitat shared and effected by and affecting all living creatures, faces a huge threat due to various types of contamination in the aftermath of the Industrial Revolution, a growing world population since the post-World War II era, and over-exploitation of resources. Such a threat has gradually gained a global dimension and turned into an issue for all of humanity (Kaplan, 1999, p. 120; Kenan, 2007; Türkmen, 2008; Yel, Bahçeci, & Yilmaz, 2008, p. 366). Protection of nature is the only possible way to end the damage to nature and enable it to regain its cycle of nurturing all living creatures therein. The first condition of environmental protection is to promote a love of nature among everyone, beginning with children. One may claim that personal values of love of nature are behind the behaviors towards nature. People who are disturbed by the death of a living creature, the cutting of trees, or environmental pollution caused by industrial facilities would probably not engage in such activities themselves. An individual with such a conscience may acquire the sensitivity required for the protection of wild life and may avoid polluting the environment and nature. Thus a clean and viable environment may be left for future generations. In this regard, the primary measure to take is educating people. Training on nature and the environment should be included in all courses from preschool until higher education (Erentay & Erdogan, 2009; Gökçe, 2009, p. 252; Kolukisa, Oruç, Akbaba, & Dündar, 2005, p. 128). The purpose of offering students an education in nature and the environment is to enable them to learn about the environment and its natural habitats, to increase their sensitivity on this subject, and to develop positive values, attitudes and behaviors towards the environment and nature.

Education is a determining factor in shaping a child's perception of their habitat and nature, especially playing an effective role in the acquirement of love of nature and a desire to protect the environment as permanent behaviors as well as transforming them into a life style (Atasoy & Ertürk, 2008). An important issue in nature education is to motivate students by integrating inclass and out-of-class activities to encourage them to engage in experiences that explore nature. In addition, education should address the diversity of nature and the interconnections of the relationships therein. Therefore, children can discover the place of humans within nature, inclusive of both its living and non-living elements as a whole. Through their enriched learning experience, their perceptions, attitudes and behaviors toward nature can be positively affected. In this regard, nature should transform into an environment in which an individual lives and is conscious about rather than a subject they need to study about (Kösker, 2013). Therefore, mankind should bear in mind that they are a part of nature and live their life compatibly. …

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