HEATWAVES project analyses climate change misconceptions in education frameworks

The Erasmus+ HEATWAVES project, which see five partners from four European countries committed to revolutionising climate education, concluded its analysis uncovering students’ and teachers’ misconceptions about climate change, global warming, and heatwaves.

The analysis delves into the definitions of heatwaves highlighting the importance of clarifying concepts to address misconceptions effectively. Key findings reveal common misconceptions surrounding these topics, due to media representation, confusion between climate and weather, and political beliefs.

Highlighting the significance of education in combating misconceptions, the analysis underscores the importance of developing students’ self-efficacy and raising their concern about climate change. It emphasizes the need for educational materials that not only impart knowledge but also foster an interest in science and promote long-term behavioural change.

As identified by the analysis, the main messages that curricula and educational materials should convey to empower individuals to protect themselves and others from heat-related risks effectively include (IFRC, UN OCHA & RCRC Climate Center, 2022):

  • Stay informed – monitor weather, listen to the radio and follow instructions
  • Avoid direct exposure to the sun
  • Protect yourself with appropriate clothing
  • Stay hydrated
  • Be aware of the symptoms of heat induced sickness
  • Connect with peers
  • Stay aware of people and animals at risk around you
  • Cool yourself down
  • Prepare tools to build temporary cooling/shade structures
  • Protect your living space
  • Adapt eating and drinking habits to stay hydrated
  • Modify daily routines

The HEATWAVES project is committed to leveraging these findings to develop innovative educational materials and curricula that address misconceptions and empower individuals to take meaningful action against climate change.

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