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The complexities of teachers' commitment to environmental education - a mixed methods approach

Sosu, Edward and McWilliam, Angus and Gray, Donald S. (2008) The complexities of teachers' commitment to environmental education - a mixed methods approach. Journal of Mixed Methods Research, 2 (2). pp. 169-189. ISSN 1558-6898

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Abstract

This article argues that a mixed methods approach is useful in understanding the complexity that underlies teachers' commitment to environmental education. Using sequential and concurrent procedures, the authors demonstrate how different methodological approaches highlighted different aspects of teacher commitment. The quantitative survey examined significant factors that determine teachers' commitment, whereas the qualitative approach used a soft systems methodology to expand understanding and to explore ways of increasing teacher commitment to environmental education. Results indicate a complex range of factors affecting commitment, and different layers of reality discovered by the different methods provide a holistic understanding of teacher commitment to environmental education. The article also demonstrates how a mixed methods approach can serve the dual role of confirming and elaborating findings.

Item type: Article
ID code: 19972
Keywords: mixed methods, systems theory and complexity, teacher commitment, environmental education, Education (General), Education, Social Sciences (miscellaneous), Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty
Subjects: Education > Education (General)
Department: Faculty of Education > Sport, Culture and The Arts
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Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Education > Education
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    Depositing user: Strathprints Administrator
    Date Deposited: 28 May 2010 16:31
    Last modified: 05 Sep 2014 02:14
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/19972

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