Preschool Children’s Informal Knowledge of Renewable Energy (RE) and Energy Efficiency (EE): Implication to Creating a Curriculum that Integrate Both RE And EE in the Preschool

By Hashimah Mohd. Yunus, Munirah Ghazali and Nor Hashimah Hashim.

Published by The International Journal of Science in Society

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Even though the formal terminologies of Renewable Energy (RE) and Energy Efficiency (EE) appear as a recent term to the Malaysian public, the concepts of RE and EE has always been in the society. For example, it is traditional in Malaysia to dry clothes out in the sun, this common knowledge has an informal aspect of RE attached to it. As such, pre school children’s informal experiences are rich with aspects of RE and EE which could be harnessed as a strong foundation upon which to create children’s awareness and knowledge of RE and EE. This study attempt to assess children’s knowledge about RE and EE and subsequently use this knowledge to create awareness of RE and EE among children. Children’s many and varied informal ideas about RE and EE that could be harnessed as a base to introduce RE and EE to children. Ten preschool children were informally interviewed on their ideas of RE and EE. The children were showed pictures and actual objects that has RE and EE elements and were asked to talk or tell story about these objects. Initial data finding indicates that most children think of energy as referring to electricity. The children too have ideas about the functional use of electrical appliances as they observed their use at home.

Keywords: Preschool, Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, Awareness, Curriculum

The International Journal of Science in Society, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp.97-110. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.861MB).

Dr. Hashimah Mohd. Yunus

Senior Lecturer, School of Educational Studies, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Minden, Penang, Malaysia

Prof Munirah Ghazali

Associate Professor, School of Educational Studies, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Minden, Penang, Malaysia

Prof. Dr. Nor Hashimah Hashim

Associate Professor, School of Educational Studies, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Minden, Penang, Malaysia