An energy literacy matrix: a tool for adult and continuing education curriculum design

Atkin, C. and Rose, A. (2019) An energy literacy matrix: a tool for adult and continuing education curriculum design. Journal of Global Research in Education and Social Science, 13 (3). pp. 106-113. ISSN 2454-1834

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In this article the authors report on the outcome of a mixed methods study which assessed the renewable energy literacies of adults’ in rural communities across Britain. The research team used a stratified sample survey (n=6000), interviews with householders (n=97), stakeholder interviews (n=7) and one focus group meeting to collect primary data. Data from the study highlighted a series findings: a) there is a clear disjuncture between individuals’ awareness and understanding of energy related matters and government and industry rhetoric; b) there is a public appetite for more reliable (trustworthy) information on renewable energy; c) the public is not well informed about renewable energy debates and government schemes to save energy. Responding to the findings an energy literacy matrix which can be used to plot knowledge of, against, knowledge about renewable energy sources has been developed. The literacy matrix provides a development education tool to focus adult educators’ efforts on raising awareness and understanding of how local, national and global issues affect the everyday lives of individuals and communities.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Energy literacy, adult education, energy literacy matrix, development education
Divisions: School of Teacher Development
Depositing User: Professor Chris Atkin
Date Deposited: 10 May 2019 08:35
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2021 13:49

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