(1) An historical overview traces the start of concern for the
environment in the latter part of the 19th century through to
recent international conferences to discuss the importance and
implementation of environmental education at all levels. The
case is then put for the importance of a structured environmental
science scheme in primary education tailored to children's
(2) A case study of a Lincolnshire primary school follows the
planning, building and utilisation of a school environmental
science area. It includes the development of an environmental
science curriculum and the production of suitable interpretative
materials and teaching aids. This is followed by an attempt
at a summative evaluation of its effect.
(3) The results of a questionnaire survey of Lincolnshire primary
schools to determine the present situation with regard to
environmental science practice, facilities, and provision are
presented. These are compared with a similar survey carried out
ten years previously. Minor differences are revealed but the
overall pattern of results indicates that there has been little
improvement in the intervening decade, and that a great deal of
work still needs to be done if environmental science in primary
schools is to be accorded its rightful position and importance
in the curriculum.
A Master's Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Master of Philosophy at Loughborough University.