Environmental Literacy Surveys

On Thursday we continued work on the research project about environmental literacy among K-university students in China. We went to different schools to conduct the survey. Myself and l’jean went to a kindergarten with one of our Chinese colleagues. Other people went to primary schools, middle schools and universities. At the kindergarten, 7 kids were interviewed. Our colleague conducted the interviews while l’jean and myself were responsible for observing the school atmosphere. Our job was to look at different things around the school related to the environment for example are there plants, posters of plants, trash in the hallway, recycling bins and other such things in the school.

Kindergarten garden

Kindergarten garden

The kindergarten we visited had a large open outside area in the middle and all the classrooms opened up out to this area. In this space were many different kinds of tress and plants. They also had a garden with a few different plants growing. On the walls were metal insects such as ladybugs. It seemed like this kindergarten was very environmentally conscious and taught their students about the environment and nature.

Street food vendor

Street food vendor

We were finished at the kindergarten around 12 o’clock and were allowed to do what ever we pleased for the rest of the day. We decided to go get lunch. While finding a restaurant we came across some amazing street food. I got what looked like a crepe with slices of hot dog on to, wrapped inside were noodles and French fries! Sounds strange but it was amazing. L’jean got corn on the cob and a bowl of spicy French fries. After eating most of that we finally found a restaurant. We had some more trouble ordering but I ended up just pointing to some dish a man was eating. One of the best meals so far! It was noodles in a spicy broth with chunks of some sort of meat and some veggies.
The next day we had a meeting scheduled to talk about the surveys.

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Before that happened we had time to see the pandas outside. It was a cool enough day so they were in their outside enclosures. It was great to see them finally outside. For the surveys our Chinese colleagues had gone through the surveys and circled the questions that the students didn’t understand. For these questions we talked about how we could possibly reword them so it would be more clear when this research is conducted in a larger scale. During this time we also started the translation from Chinese to English. It was getting very confusing so we all decided it would be best to finish at another time.

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