ERIC Number: ED394819
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr-1
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The Relationship of College Student Perceptions of Global Warming to Nine Demographic Variables.
Groves, Fred H.; Pugh, Ava F.
Elementary and secondary students hold a variety of misunderstandings regarding environmental problems, some of which may arise from misunderstandings held by their teachers. This study used the Environmental Issues Questionnaire to examine understandings of the greenhouse effect held by elementary education majors and other college majors (N=330) to see if misunderstandings of grade school students are perpetuated at the college level. Demographic variables that were considered included gender, class level, college assignment, teaching background, grade point average (GPA), age, race/ethnic group, state residency, and highest earned degree. Results indicate that overall, males outscored females but there were no significant differences between male and female education and liberal arts majors. The science students and liberal arts majors scored significantly higher than the education majors. For class level, GPA, age, and highest degree earned, significant differences were found for education majors, but not for science and liberal arts majors. It was concluded that elementary education majors correctly recognized some of the major potential effects of global warming but confused this problem with other issues like ozone depletion, radiation pollution and nuclear bombs, acid rain, earthquakes, biodiversity, and water pollution. (JRH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (69th, St. Louis, MO, April 1, 1996).