Climate Change and Classroom: The Power of Weather to Interfere with Global Education

By Olav Titus Muurlink and Cristina Poyatos Matas.

Published by The International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses

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Climate change research has focused on the economic and health impacts of changes in temperature and precipitation. This paper represents an early formal review of the likely impacts of climate change on education and the educability of primary and secondary children. Climate is likely to impact on education through three principle pathways: through the impact on the economy and health, and directly, either by impeding students’ ability to attend school, or through biometeorological or psychometeorological impacts on either children or teachers. This study reviews existing evidence suggesting that climate will also impact on education through a number of other less immediately obvious pathways. Finally, the paper suggests a model that predicts that climate change will differentially impact on poor, rural, female students and teachers.

Keywords: Climate, Weather, Education, School Attendance, Developing World, Child Labor

International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp.223-232. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 593.732KB).

Dr. Olav Titus Muurlink

Research Fellow, Griffith University, Griffith University, Brisbane, Qld, Australia

Dr. Muurlink is a psychologist working as a Research Fellow at the Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing at Griffith University. He is also chairman of the Bangladesh-based Australian charity, Co-operation In Development, which builds primary schools in highly-disadvantaged settings in southern Bangladesh.

A/Prof. Cristina Poyatos Matas

Senior Lecturer, School of Languages and Linguistics, Griffith University, Brisbane, Qld, Australia

Dr. Poyatos Matas is a senior lecturer at Griffith University in the School of Languages and Linguistics. Her research areas include applied linguistics and education. Amongst her interests are education in developing countries, multicultural education, ethnolinguistics, student-centred assessment, research supervision, and academic well-being.


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