Attestation committee
Accreditation committee
Expert committee
Dispositions, instructions
Normative acts
Scientific councils
Scientific advisers
Doctoral students
Postdoctoral students
CNAA logo

 română | русский | english

Theoretical and Methodological Approaches of Environmental Education within Primary Schools in the Israeli Arab Sector

Author: Rania Shalash
Degree:doctor of pedagogics
Speciality: 13.00.01 - General Pedagogics
Scientific adviser: Viorica Goraş-Postică
doctor habilitat, professor, Moldova State University
Institution: Moldova State University


The thesis was presented on the 10 February, 2017
Approved by NCAA on the 23 March, 2017


Adobe PDF document1.04 Mb / in romanian
Adobe PDF document0.98 Mb / in romanian


CZU 373.3.015(569.4)(043.3)

Adobe PDF document 3.05 Mb / in english
204 pages


Environmental Education, Environmental Literacy, Sustainability, Sustainable Development, Education for Sustainable Development, Environmental Programs, Green School Program, Environmental Perceptions


Thesis structure: Introduction, three chapters, general conclusions and recommendations, bibliography (204 sources), 156 pages of the basic text, 35 tables, 15 figures, 7 annexes, annotation (in Romanian, Russian and English), list of abbreviations and glossary. The obtained results are published in 7 scientific works (5 articles in national journals and 2 papers at international conferences).

The research domain: General Theory of Education.

The research goal is: To analyze the impact of EE programs (the green school program and the intervention program that was designed especially for teachers) on the students’ environmental literacy level and to identify the environmental perceptions and perceptions concerning the environmental programs of teachers and sixth grade students in green and non-green schools in the Israeli Arab sector.

The research objectives are: To evaluate the existing EL level of sixth grade students in the Arab sector(while comparing between green schools and non-green schools); to compare correlation between EL dimensions (knowledge, attitudes, affect, behavior and skills); to analyze the impact of background variables (source of knowledge, gender, father’s education level, mother’s education level, parents’ profession, time spent outdoor) on sixth grade students’ EL level; to offer an intervention program that focusses on training teachers to integrate EE in their work plan which (aims to raise the students’ EL level).

Scientific novelty and originality of the research: Developing a new questionnaire that examines different dimensions of the environmental literacy (knowledge, attitudes, affect, behavior and skills) and suits the students in primary schools of the Arab sector; proposing an environmental program designed especially to train teachers to integrate environmental studies and environmental education as an interdisciplinary subject in order to raise the students’ environmental literacy level at school; redefining and updating the meaning of the term “environmental literacy”. Theoretical significance of the research: According to the literature there are not many studies on examining the eficienteness of environmental education programs and their impact on its participants, especially in the Arab sector. This study has contributed to the understanding of the impact of EE programs, on the students’ EL (knowledge, attitudes, affect, behavior and skills)and on the environmental perceptions of the teachers and the students involved.

Practical value of the research: The applicative value of the research is determined by experimental implementation of the intervention program, which focused on teachers and aimed to raise the students’ EL level in primary schools of the Arab sector in Israel, and by highlighting the importance of teachers training courses. Practically, this research points to the significant role of teachers in EE and to the importance of supporting them in their EE efforts.

Implementation of the scientific results: have been approved in conferences and they were experienced in primary schools in the Arab sector in Israel between the years 2013-2015.