Martin Xaver MÜLLER, Universität Augsburg, Germany
The human impact on the environment is a central topic for teaching in the Anthropocene.
At the same time, the human impact on the environment is of strong interest among pupils at the end of the 5th grade, especially when compared with other fields of interest (Hemmer et al 2010). The research of interest has a long tradition in the domain of geography and geoscience education (Hemmer et al. 2019, Trend 2005) and contributes domain-specific insights for the broader field of the person object theory of interest POI (Krapp 2011).
The presented extensive intervention study (quasi-experimental intervention study with control group, geographical field work and excursions, n = 280) investigates effective ways of fostering interest in geoscientific contents such as the human impact on the environment (Müller 2021).
Results of the study call for an extended conception of the human-earth system, which explicitly incorporates the anthroposphere. Proceeding from these deliberations, concrete and empirically validated didactical measures to foster interest in the human impact on the environment are presented and discussed.
Keywords: anthropocene|interest|geoscience|excursion|outdoor education