The Hong Kong government has sought to encourage environmental education (EE) in schools. However, little is known about how government and private initiatives impact at the level of the kindergarten. This article, based on a small-scale study, investigates what is happening in Hong Kong kindergartens in EE. The findings show that there have been positive changes in EE in Hong Kong kindergartens in the last decade: more hands-on environmental activities and resourcefulness of teachers in sourcing teaching materials. Teachers and parents were found to have positive attitudes. However, teachers had to tackle the following issues: the overloaded school curriculum and isolated environmental learning experience, teacher's insecurity and inadequate knowledge of EE, weakness of government support in terms of formal teacher training programmes and funding on EE. Copyright © 2010 Taylor & Francis Group, an informa business.
CitationLo, E. Y. Y. (2010). Environmental education in Hong Kong kindergartens: What happened to the blue sky? Early Child Development and Care, 180(5), 571-583.
- Environmental education
- Early childhood curriculum
- Teacher education