The Analysis of Teachers’ Spatial Considerations and Actions on Promoting Environmental Citizenship Values
Spatial consideration in this paper accounts for teacher views on environmental issues locally, nationally, and internationally. On the other hand, their consideration on environmental action represents teacher appreciation on the quality of physical environment surrounding their location. This paper proposes an idea of environmental democratic values through the analyses on environmental spatial consideration and actions. It includes environmental, social, and economic issues. In general, this paper aims at inferring how citizenship is shaped by a sense of space and location, namely, local, national and international. A descriptive research was conducted via surveys to 120 classroom elementary teachers in Tangerang city, Banten Province, Indonesia. Some open-ended interviews were conducted following the survey, collecting data about teachers’ awareness towards this citizenship dimension. Results indicated that, in general, teachers showed insignificant consideration on spatial aspect of citizenship, even though they expressed a clear decision regarding environmental consideration over economic and social. This study suggests that teacher education needs to emphasis on improving this aspect of multidimensional citizenship.
Keywords: Spatial, Environment, Citizenship, Multidimensional
Udan Kusmawan, Ph.D
Lecturer, Faculty of Teacher Training and Education, The Indonesian Open and Distance Learning University