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1 LIFELONG LEARNING EXPERIENCES: A TRAINING PROGRAM PROPOSAL IN ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION AND EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT FOR PRIMARY EDUCATION TEACHERS IN CYPRUSC. Stefanou1, D. Vlachopoulos21Open University of Cyprus (CYPRUS)2European University of Cyprus (CYPRUS)
2 IntroductionConstant degradation of the natural environment and quality of life and interdependence with political, economic and social issuesNeed to adopt Environmental Education (EE) and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) as competent means to ensure the sustainability of the planet , .National Strategic Plan of Action for the EE/ESD in Cyprus:introduction of EE/ESD as an autonomous discipline in the Curricula of all public education levelspriority in training teachers of all levels in order to prepare them in promoting EE/SDA in school Difficulties and limitations:new scientific field with ongoing developmentssubject not included in the curricula of the pedagogical departmentsincomplete initial training of teachersrisk of failure unless training opportunities are offeredAny initiative to plan and implement an in service training program, such as the one proposed by this paper, must take into account the principles of EE and the steps for Adult Education (AE) program , , .
3 EE/ESD as a subject and the role of educators a generalized and continuous process of awareness, acquisition of knowledge and experiences, cultivation of attitudes, values and skills , ,  that aims at attaining Sustainable Development (SD) a philosophy that refers to and conforms with that of Lifelong Learning (LLL) , according to references in the Belgrade Charter and UNECE’s Report on Education and SS, must be informal, non formal or formal, covering the range from preschool to higher education, as well as the education or training of the educators themselves , The educators:promoters of reforms and co-formulators of the school reality must have the necessary knowledge, attitude and skills , , maintain a positive attitude but lack in basic knowledge of content or methodology need training in order to implement such programs successfully , , 
4 Training educators within the context of Lifelong Learning The explosion of scientific knowledge, in the Knowledge Society, and the need for continuous training for the modernization of their work , , have turned the educators into professional scientists .The training of the educators, as a part of the Adult Education (AE), must meet the principles of planning, organization and evaluation programs addressed to adults:carefully organizing all aspects by researching potential obstacles and ways to overcome themchoosing the context based on the experiences and needs of the traineesencouraging active participationrespecting trainees’ personal rhythm and learning profileforming a learning climate governed by communication, cooperation and mutual respectvariety of teaching approachesactivities that associate theory to practice and promote the heuristic course towards knowledge , , ,.
5 Methodology EE/ESD PROGRAMS STUFFLEBEAM’S CIPP EVALUATION MODEL The planning of an AE program must be systematic and structured in successive levels, in order to stop the internal factors that hinder the learning process and the external limitations connected with its organization.The suggested program for the training of educators in EE/ESD adopts the CIPP model, which conforms to applied and tested programs of EE/ESD and aims at improving and ensuring its sustainability .Both EE/ESD programs and CIPP model are structured on the basis of four stages, which are in a circular sequence, each one integrating the element of evaluation that guarantees the programs flexibility , , .EE/ESD PROGRAMSSTUFFLEBEAM’S CIPPEVALUATION MODELCourse initiationContextCourse development planningInputCourse implementationProcessCourse accountabilityProduct
6 Study of the present situation OECD’s research data report that the professional development and training of educators in Cyprus has not yet evolved into a structured practice, but remains informal, individual and voluntary .Educators largely participate in inspector seminars, conventions or optional training seminars hosted by the Cyprus Pedagogical Institute  without being absolutely satisfied by their context, organization, conduct and results .The opportunities for the teachers to participate in continuing education programs in EE/ESD are limited .Since the introduction of EE/ESD as a subject in the Curricula of public primary schools in Cyprus, the gaps of the relative training and education seem larger than ever.The suggested program for training educators in EE/ESD aims to address the problem of lacking vocational training faced by educators in Cyprus' elementary schools. It is addressed to educators in the level of school units due to the fact that, according to the Curriculum for EE/ESD , each school must plan and develop their own Sustainable Environmental Educational Policy.
7 Examining educational needs In the case of educators, who, being professionals have their own experiences and pre-existing knowledge, it is necessary to take into account their concerns and needs , , or else the results of the training will be inconsistent with the reality of education , .Relevant researches abroad have shown that the active educators must be trained both in cognitive and in the methodological sectors of EE/ESD .The Cypriot educators request a training that is relative to educational innovation, such as the one that introduces EE/ESD in the Curricula, and to be trained in new methods and teaching techniques .In order to compare the conclusions of the existing researches with the educational needs of the specific target population, we will follow a multi-methodological approach by combining qualitative and quantitative research methods and triangulation of data , .a questionnaire to identify the degree of the environmental literacy of educators and to evaluate the attitudes of educators towards the specific subject individual interviews in a subgroup of educators to cross-check their attitudes a non participative observation of the subgroup of educators during teaching in school classroom, to examine their needs in relation to EE/ESD methodology 
8 Suggested program for training educators in EE/ESD Title: “Training educators on the effective integration and successful implementation of EE/ESD in the Curricula”Time: 5-5 hour meetings on the first week of the school year (training week in absence of students)Location: 80% (20 hours) of the meetings will be performed in the premises of the participating school and 20% (5 hours) in an Environmental Education Centre (EEC)Contractor – Funding Agency: Ministry of Education and CultureImplementing body: Cyprus Pedagogical InstituteTarget-group: A primary school unit’s teaching staffTrainers: Educators who have been seconded to Cyprus Pedagogical Institute or to Environmental Education Centers, with scientific specialization in EE/ESD and training relative to AEProgram's objective: To give the educators the necessary knowledge, skills and attitude for a smooth integration of EE/ESD in the Curricula and its successful implementation in schoolsProgram's objectives: some of those are taken as is from the Curricula of the EE/ESD (page ) (a) Knowledge:To determine and describe contemporary environmental issues, which are at the same time the subjects of the curriculum (forest, litter, energy, water, biodiversity, desertification, culture, urban development, production – consumption)To associate the aforementioned environmental issues between them, in order to be able to interpret the interrelation of the environmental problems and the chain effects that these bring in all sectors of life.(b) Skills:To realize that the complex nature of the matters pertaining to environment and sustainable development calls for reorganization of the learning course and adoption of pedagogical approaches based on an active, cooperative and experiential learning.To examine, experiment on and develop those teaching techniques that are proposed in EE/ESD.(c) Attitude:To maintain a positive attitude towards developing EE/ESD in school.To develop their interest and motivation in order to participate in planning and actions to improve school in order to change its culture and make it sustainable.
9 Suggested program for training educators in EE/ESD Content:Subjects – UnitsTeaching hoursEducational Techniques1. The necessity to introduce EE/ESD in School Schedule2. Benefits from its introduction for students, educators, school and society5Brainstorming, concept mapping, group examination, suggestion3. Processing the environmental issues – subjects included in the Curriculum4. Correlation of environmental problemswork groups, project method, problem solving5. Field study and other experiential methods of EE/ESDfield study (visit to a EEC), role playing, simulation6. Steps for planning Sustainable Environmental Educational Policysnowballing method, group laboratory work7. Planning and evaluating the school unit’s Sustainable Environmental Educational Policygroup laboratory work, question – answersThe suggested training program takes into account the structure of the context of a respective program by UNESCO (2005) entitled “Teaching and Learning for a Sustainable Future”, which was planned with the participation of educators from various countries and successfully implemented worldwide .
10 Evaluation of the program Stufflebeam’s CIPP evaluation program:monitors the educational program throughout its planningallows a better introspection of the areas that require improvementis formative and summative at the same timeconforms with the principles set by the Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation (1993, 1994, 2003), which focus on utility, feasibility, propriety and accuracy of the program under evaluation , , .Formative evaluation as to the procedure and results:at the end of every meeting there will be a reflection on the learning processSummative evaluation:assignment to the participants to prepare their school’s Sustainable Environmental Educational Policya questionnaire, with which the educators and their trainers will evaluate the program in which they participated .
11 ConclusionsThe training of the educators is a sine qua non element in every state's educational policy.The introduction of EE/ESD as a subject in the Curriculum of the public educational institutions of Cyprus must be accompanied by the relative training of the educators on its content and methodology, in order to be positively received and successful.The suggested program’s parallel structure with Stufflebeam's CIPP evaluation model offers a solid base for a continuous monitoring of all aspects and stages of implementation.The freedom of speech given to all the parties involved may ensure its wider acceptance by the educators and contribute to the program’s sustainability , .What remains is for theory to become practice and the suggested program for training educators to be implemented and tested.
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