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ERIC Number: EJ890652
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-2077-2327
Environmental Literacy Comparison between ECO-Schools and Ordinary Schools in Slovenia
Krnel, Dusan; Naglic, Stanka
Science Education International, v20 n1-2 p5-24 Dec 2009
The aim of environmental education is environmental literacy which includes not only knowledge but also awareness and environmentally responsible behaviour. This study included pupils who are provided environmental education as part of the curriculum during regular class hours, as well as those who are included in the Eco-school project. The aim of the study was to determine whether there were any differences between the two groups of pupils regarding their knowledge, awareness and environmentally responsible behaviour, and whether more extensive knowledge of environmental issues is related to greater awareness and environmentally responsible behaviour. Our research was based on a questionnaire (test of knowledge and opinion scale) drafted especially for the purposes of the study. Statistical comparisons of the results of the tests of knowledge showed that the knowledge level is slightly higher in eco-school pupils than in pupils attending only regular class hours. On the other hand, the results of the research indicated that as regards pupils' awareness and environmentally responsible behaviour, the differences between the two groups are not statistically significant. Based on these findings, it may be concluded that environmental knowledge does not result in greater awareness and environmentally responsible behaviour. As regards the Eco-school as a Way of Life project, it can be determined that the project raises only the level of knowledge, but fails to produce the desired results in terms of a more responsible way of life. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Slovenia