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ERIC Number: ED504053
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun-13
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 10
Pre-Service Primary Teachers' Attitudes towards Energy Conservation
Tekbiyik, Ahmet; Ipek, Cemalettin
Online Submission, Paper presented at the International Conference on Ecological Protection of the Planet Earth: Environment, Maritime Policies & Energy Issues in the Black Sea (4th, Trabzon, Turkey, June 12-15, 2008)
This study aims to examine the pre-service primary teachers' attitudes towards energy conservation. In order to reach this main aim following research questions are formulated: (1) What are the attitude levels of pre-service primary teachers in terms of energy conservation? (2) Do pre-service primary teachers' attitudes towards energy conservation significantly differentiate due to their gender, grade levels, and main settlement place? The study was conducted on pre-service primary teachers training at the Faculty of Education in Rize University. Research data were collected from 323 voluntary pre-service primary teachers in 2007-2008 academic years. Energy Conservation Attitude Scale (ECAS) (Michigan Energy Extension Service, 1979) consisting of nine subscales was used as data gathering instrument. The means corresponding to the attitudes of the pre-service primary teachers towards energy conservations were measured for each subscale and means were compared in terms of the demographic variables of the participants like gender, grade and settlement place by using t-test and one way ANOVA. This study pointed out that pre-service primary teachers have positive attitudes towards energy conservation. Moreover, the result showed that female pre-service primary teachers' perceived more positive attitudes than male pre-service primary teachers on the subscales of "automotive conservation" and "sensitivity for energy conservation". On the other hand male pre-service primary teachers' attitudes were significantly higher than female pre-service primary teachers' attitudes on the subscales of "insensitivity and lack of responsibility", and "supporting nuclear energy". The study also revealed that while the grade levels have some significant effects on the attitudes of the pre-service teachers' attitudes towards energy conservation, the settlement place in which the pre-service primary teachers usually lived up to now has no significant effect on their attitudes. The study may be concluded with recommendation that energy conservation subjects must be taken part more in curriculums at primary schools. (Contains 6 tables.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Elementary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Turkey