GREEN CULTURE ASSESSMENT OF THE AMERICAN AND UKRAINIAN HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AS FUTURE CITIZENS
The article deals with the levels of Green Culture of the American and Ukrainian High School students including three components: cognitive and process skills, value and motivation, action and behavior. In the situation of numerous researches in this field, the study is intended to analyse the key components of Green Culture in Ukraine and the USA. The high school in this analysis was targeted because students are future citizens of their countries and their level of proficiency in environmental literacy is a clear indicator of future trends in handling of environmental issues. The author also took into consideration the fact that students of two countries have different levels of Green Culture. In the USA teachers try to focus not purely on knowledge, but on its practical implementation and developing process skills of students. In Ukraine the high level of attention to environmental knowledge transition to students testifies to a more theoretical approach within educational system.
Application of the innovative USA experience is considered by the author as the most productive way to improve the environmental education in the high school in Ukraine. Based on the findings of the research the author developed the recommendations for the Ukrainian school taking into consideration the specific features of the American experience in.
The recommendations comprise the peculiarities of the role of a family, participation, the use of basic principles of environmental education, the core content or recommended themes and topics, interdisciplinary approach, instructio-nal techniques, ICT, global, national, regional and local perspectives.
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