Investigating parents’ perspective on environmental issues: What do they know and do to being a role model for their children?
The main purpose of the current study is to reveal the ideas of parents about environmental issues and seek an answer what parents do to support their children’s environmental knowledge at home. To achieve this, the study included 21 mothers and fathers who have children ages 5 to 7 and enrolled to eco-schools and non-eco-schools. The design of the this qualitative study is phenomenology. Purposeful sampling method was used to select participants and individual interview sessions were conducted at school settings with one parent from each family. Twelve open-ended interview questions were used in order to get information about the participants’ self-reported environmental knowledge and practices. The study findings revealed parents’ meager practices to being a role model to their children at home because of insufficient environmental knowledge and practices of their own. Parents were aware of the benefits of environmental education, however, they do not do any kinds of activities specifically to enhance their children’s learning about environmental issues. Moreover, the findings showed that parents were also aware of the importance of being a good role model to their children related to environmental issues.
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