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ERIC Number: EJ926533
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 68
ISSN: ISSN-1305-8223
Turkish School Students and Global Warming: Beliefs and Willingness to Act
Kilinc, Ahmet; Boyes, Edward; Stanisstreet, Martin
EURASIA Journal of Mathematics, Science & Technology Education, v7 n2 p121-134 May 2011
One aim of environmental education is to persuade people to act in more pro-environmental ways. However, there is not a linear relationship between environmental knowledge "in general" and a willingness to act pro-environmentally. This research explores, using a specially-devised questionnaire, Turkish school students' beliefs about the benefits of "specific" actions for reducing global warming (their "Believed Usefulness of Action"), their readiness to adopt them (their "Degree of Willingness to Act"), and the relationships between these. Students appear willing to take certain actions such as switching off un-used electrical items, but unwilling to undertake other actions such as increasing their use of public transport. Planting more trees was thought to be the most useful action, whereas few students appreciated the role that buying fewer new consumables might play. A novel index, the "Potential Effectiveness of Education", was constructed to quantify the relationships between these two parameters for specific actions. For some actions, such as purchasing fewer new goods, there were stronger relationships between a belief in the effectiveness of an action in reducing global warming and the willingness to undertake it. Teaching about the benefits of such actions might be effective in terms of encouraging individuals to adopt them. (Contains 4 tables and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Turkey