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ERIC Number: ED505893
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul-12
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 1
Study of the Effects on Student Knowledge and Perceptions of Activities Related to Submetering the 6th Grade Wing of a Middle School, to Displaying the Carbon Footprint, and to Efforts to Reduce Energy Consumption and Greenhouse Gases
Peck, Rick
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The purpose of the study was to determine the effects upon student knowledge and perceptions regarding greenhouse gas emissions as a result of an intervention relying upon the submetering the 6th grade wing of a Middle School, displaying the information regarding electrical consumption and carbon footprint, and reducing the electrical consumption of the wing. The methodology was to compare pre-test and post-test responses of 97 students to an instrument designed to assess knowledge and perceptions. All the students were residents of Loudoun County, Virginia, and of mixed ethnicity. The results demonstrated significant effects in the following areas: knowledge that CO[subscript]2 is a greenhouse gas, that the US, with 5% of world population, emits more than 20% of worldwide CO[subscript]2 emissions, and that about 1 kg of carbon dioxide is emitted for every 1 kWh of electricity produced. Perceptions also changed, the most significant being that students changed from perceiving themselves as ineffective (50% pre-test, 25% post-test), that they believed that they had reduced greenhouse gases, and that they no longer believed that relying on solar energy was the principal action to reduce greenhouse gases. Conclusions: Submetering the 6th grade wing of Seneca Ridge Middle School combined with collective actions of the students caused significant gains in learning and significant shifts in perceptions by students. Recommendations: That other schools consider submetering both to save energy and to increase student learning. That the Departments of Energy and Education consider implementing programs to encourage school design to include metering at discrete levels within a school. Additional Data: Instrument for student completion. (Contains 1 table and 1 exhibit.)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Grade 6; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Virginia