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ERIC Number: EJ796248
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Pages: 8
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-1303-0485
The Understandings of Global Warming and Learning Styles: A Phenomenographic Analysis of Prospective Primary School Teachers
Demirkaya, Hilmi
Educational Sciences: Theory and Practice, v8 n1 p51-58 Jan 2008
In this study, statements by prospective primary school teachers such as "I think the word global warming ..." or "I think the term global warming means ..." were analyzed by using qualitative phenomenographic research methods. 142 female (48.3%) and 152 male (51.7%) primary school teacher candidates (n = 294) participated in the study. Moreover, the relationship between learning styles and perceptions was investigated. In the study, seven different conceptions of global warming were determined at the end of the phenomenographic analysis. Conceptions of global warming from the least sophisticated to the most inclusive and expansive are (1) Global warming is the gradual increase in the temperature of the earth. (2) Global warming is the gradual enhancement of the hole in the ozone layer. (3) Global warming is the deterioration of ecological balance. (4) Global warming is the change of climates and seasons. (5) Global warming is the deterioration of mutual relation between the people and ecological balance. (6) The cause of global warming is people and they are responsible for its prevention. (7) Global warming is the portent of vanishing process of living things and people. Implications of these findings were discussed and evaluated in terms of environmental education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Primary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Turkey