Asian Institute of Research, Journal Publication, Journal Academics, Education Journal, Asian Institute
Asian Institute of Research, Journal Publication, Journal Academics, Education Journal, Asian Institute

Education Quarterly Reviews

ISSN 2621-5799

asia institute of research, journal of education, education journal, education quarterly reviews, education publication, education call for papers
asia institute of research, journal of education, education journal, education quarterly reviews, education publication, education call for papers
asia institute of research, journal of education, education journal, education quarterly reviews, education publication, education call for papers
asia institute of research, journal of education, education journal, education quarterly reviews, education publication, education call for papers
crossref
doi
open access

Published: 06 August 2021

Examining the Relationship Between Pre-Service Teachers' Behaviors Towards Environmental Issues and Their Awareness

Buket Ballıel Ünal

Ministry of National Education, Turkey

asia institute of research, journal of education, education journal, education quarterly reviews, education publication, education call for papers
pdf download

Download Full-Text Pdf

doi

10.31014/aior.1993.04.03.333

Pages: 221-231

Keywords: Environmental Issues, Awareness of Environmental Issues, Environmental Issues-Oriented Behavior, Pre-Service Primary School Teacher

Abstract

This research was designed in the relational screening model to examine the relationship between the awareness levels of pre-service teachers towards environmental issues and their behaviors towards environmental issues. 5 multiple-choice questions to determine their descriptive features, the "Awareness Scale for Environmental Issues" developed by Guven (2011) to measure their awareness of environmental issues, and the "Behavior Scale for Environmental Issues" to measure their behaviors on this were applied by the researcher to 129 pre-service teachers studying at Gazi Osmanpasa University, Faculty of Education, Department of Primary School Teaching in the 2019-2020 academic year. Numbers, percentage, mean, standard deviation were used as descriptive statistical methods in the evaluation of the data. T-test was used for comparison of quantitative continuous data between two independent groups and a one-way Anova test was used for comparison of quantitative continuous data between more than two independent groups. Scheffé's test was used after the Anova test as a complementary post-hoc analysis to determine the differences. The Pearson correlation and regression analysis were applied between the continuous variables of the study. As a result of the research, it was determined that the awareness of the pre-service primary school teachers about environmental issues was low and their behavior towards environmental issues was moderate. A low-level significant relationship was found between pre-service primary school teachers’ awareness of environmental issues and their behaviors. As a result, it was concluded that as the awareness levels of primary school teachers towards environmental issues increased, their behaviors towards environmental issues increased positively.

References

  1. Ada, S., Baysal Z. N., & Erkan, S. S. (2017). Environmental education in various dimensions. Nobel Akademik Publishing.

  2. Altinoz, N. (2010). Environmental literacy levels of pre-service science teachers. Unpublished Master Thesis, Sakarya University Institute of Science and Technology, Sakarya.

  3. Altiparmak S. (2012). Attitudes of university students towards the environment. International Refereed Journal of Academic Sports Health and Medical Sciences, 2(2), 94–106.

  4. Aminrad, Z., Zakaria, S. Z. & Hadi, A. S. (2011). Influence of age and level of education on environmental awareness and attitude: case study on Iranian students in Malaysian Universities. Medwell Journals,6(1), 15–19.

  5. Atasoy, E. & Erturk, H. (2008). A field study on primary school students' environmental attitudes and environmental knowledge. Erzincan Journal of Education Faculty,10(1), 105–122.

  6. Barlas, N. (2013). Environmental issues of our age, from global crises to sustainable society. Bogazici University Publishing House.

  7. Chu, E.H., Lee, A. E., Ko, R. H., Shin, H. D., Lee, N. M., Min, M. B. & Kang, H. K. (2007). Korean year 3 children's environmental literacy: a prerequisite for a Korean environmental education curriculum. International Journal of Science Education, 29(6), 731–746.

  8. Celik, M. & Dogru, M. (2019).  Examination of pre-service science teachers’ behaviors towards environmental issues. YYU Journal of Education Faculty , 16(1), 1791–1813. http://dx.doi.org/10.23891/efdyyu.2019.180

  9. Cokadar, H., Turkoglu, A., & Gezer, K. (2009). Environmental issues. M. Aydogdu and K. Gezer. (Ed.), Environmental science (p. 85-96). Anı Publishing.

  10. Dagdemir O. (2015). Economic approaches to environmental issues and the search for optimal policies. 3. Edition, Gazi Bookstore.

  11. Demirbas, M., & Pektas, H. M. (2009). Primary school students’ level of realization of the basic concepts related to the environmental problem. Necatibey Education Faculty Electronic Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 3(2), 195–211.

  12. Dogan, I., & Purutcuoglu, E. (2017). Determining the environmental awareness levels of social workers and their attitudes towards the environment. Journal of Turkish  Social Studies, 21(2), 389–405.

  13. Ek, N., H., Kilic, N., Ogdum, P., Duzgun, G. & Seker, S. (2009). Attitudes and sensitivities towards environmental issues of first and last-year students studying in different academic fields of Adnan Menderes University. Kastamonu Journal of Education, 17(1), 125–136.

  14. Ercengiz, M., Kececi Kurt, S., Polat, S. (2014). Examination of pre-service teachers’ sensitivity towards environmental issues (Province of Ağrı example). EKEV Academy Journal, 59, 119–132.

  15. Erten, S. (2005). Investigation of environmentally friendly behaviors in pre-service pre-school teachers. Hacettepe University Journal of Faculty of Education, 28, 91–100.

  16. Erturk, H. (2011). Environment policy. Ekin Publishing House.

  17. Gokceli F., Bilmez B. & Tarkocin S. (2015). Examination of pre-school teachers' behaviors towards environmental issues. Journal of Social Sciences, 2(4), 258–270.

  18. Gormez, K. (2010). Environmental issues. Nobel Publications.

  19. Gulay, H. (2011). You cannot teach an old dog new tricks: The importance of environmental education in the first years of life. TUBAV Science Journal, 4(3), 240–245.

  20. Guven, E. & Aydogdu, M. (2012). Developing a behavior scale for environmental issues and determining the behavior levels of pre-service teachers. Journal of  Uludag University Faculty of Education, 25(2), 573-589.

  21. Guven, E. (2011). The effect of project-based learning method supported by prediction-observation-explanation in environmental education on different variables and students' views on the method. Doctoral Thesis, Gazi University Institute of Educational Sciences.

  22. Guven, E., & Aydogdu, M. (2012). Developing an awareness scale for environmental issues and determining the awareness levels of pre-service teachers. Journal of Teacher Education and Educators, 1(2), 185–202. http://www.jtee.org/document/issue2/2mak.pdf

  23. Irmak- Kazazoglu, T. (2020). Examining the environmental awareness levels of university students and their behaviors towards environmental issues. Master Thesis, Hacettepe University Institute of Social Sciences.

  24. Islam, B. (2000). Glossary of ecology terms. Birleşik Publishing House.

  25. Kadioglu Ates, H. & Isik Oner, A. (2020). Examination of the awareness level of pre-service teachers towards environmental issues. Kesit Academy Journal, 6(24), 126–144. http://dx.doi.org/10.29228/section.44369

  26. Kahraman, S., Yalcin, M., Ozkan, E. & Aggul, F. (2008). Awareness and knowledge levels of primary school teachers about global warming. Journal of Gazi University Faculty of Education, 28(3), 249–263.

  27. Karasar, N. (2012). Scientific research methods (24th ed.).Nobel Press

  28. Karatekin, K. (2011). Determination of environmental literacy levels of pre-service social studies teachers. Unpublished Master Thesis, Gazi University Institute of Educational Sciences.

  29. Kaushal, T. and Singhal, A. (2011). Environmental responsibilities among prospective teachers. International Referred Research Journal, 2(18), 15–16.

  30. Keles, R. & Hamamci, C. (2002). Ecology. (4th ed.) Imge Publishing.

  31. Keles, R., Hamamci, C., & Coban, A. (2015). Environment policy. (8th ed.). Imge Bookstore.

  32. Kislalioglu, M., & Berkes, F. (2012). Environment and ecology. (13th ed.) Remzi Bookstore

  33. Kisoglu, M. (2009). Investigation of the effect of student-centered teaching on the environmental literacy level of pre-service teachers. Published Doctoral Thesis, Ataturk University, Institute of Science and Technology.

  34. Kose, E. O. (2010). Factors affecting high school students' attitudes towards the environment. Journal of Turkish Science Education,7(3), 198–211.

  35. Nagel, C. M. (2005). Queensland and sask middle year students’ experience of environmental education: an analysis of conceptions. A thesis, Queensland University of Technology.

  36. Oguz, D., Cakci, I. & Kavas, S. (2010). Environmental awareness of university students in Ankara, Turkey. African Journal of Agricultural Research, 5(10), 2629–2636.

  37. Ocal, T. (2013). Determining the attitudes of pre-service social studies teachers towards environmental issues. Marmara Journal of Geography,27, 333–352.

  38. Ozsoy, S., Ozsoy, G. & Kuruyer, G. (2011). Turkish pre-service primary school teachers' environmental attitudes: Effects of gender and grade level. Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 12( 2), 1–21.

  39. Secgin, F., Yalvac, G., & Cetin, T. (2010). Perceptions of 8th-grade primary school students about environmental issues through cartoons. ICONTE International Conference on New Trends in Education and Their Implications, Antalya, Turkey, 11 - 13 November 2010, pp.391–398.

  40. Selim, S., Karakus, N., Elkan, S., Selim, C. (2011). Evaluation of vocational school students' views and attitudes towards environmental issues: The case of Ortaca Vocational School. Journal of SDÜ Faculty of Forestry, 12, 148-154. https://dergipark.org.tr/tr/download/article-file/195791

  41. Shobeiri, S. M., Omidvar, B. & Prahallada, N. N. (2007). A comparative study of environmental awareness among secondary school students in Iran and India. International Journal of Environmental Reservation, 1(1), 28–34.

  42. Sipahi, E.B. (2010). The search for collective solutions to global environmental issues and governance. Journal of Selcuk University Institute of Social Sciences, 24, 331–344.

  43. Şahin N., F. Cerrah, L.,  Saka, A., Şahin, B., 2004). An application for a student-centered environmental education course in higher education. Gazi University, Journal of the Faculty of Education, 24(3), 113–128.

  44. Sahin, H.G., & Dogu, S. (2018). Examination of pre-service pre-school teachers' attitudes and behaviors towards environmental issues. Elementary Online, 17(3), 1402-1416. doi 10.17051/ilkonline.2018.466359

  45. Timur, S. (2011). Determination of environmental literacy levels of pre-service science teachers. Unpublished Doctoral Thesis, Gazi University Institute of Educational Sciences, Ankara.

  46. Tuncer, G., Ertepınar, H., Tekkaya, C. & Sungur, S. (2005). Environmental attitudes of young people in Turkey: Effects of school type and gender. Environmental Education Research, 11(2), 215–233.

  47. Unalan, A. (2018). Determining the environmental behavior levels of teachers. Master Thesis, Kastamonu University Institute of Science and Technology, Kastamonu.

  48. Yesilyurt, S., Gul, S., & Demir, Y. (2013). Environmental awareness and environmental sensitivity of pre-service biology teachers: A scale development study. Mehmet Akif Ersoy University Journal of Education Faculty, 1(25), 38–54.

  49. Yurt, Ö., Cevher Kalburan, N. & Kandır, A. (2010). Investigation of the environmental attitudes of the pre-service early childhood teachers. Procedia- Social and Behavioral Sciences,2(2), 4977–4984.

  50. Yucel, E. O. and Ozkan, M. (2018). Examining the change in the perceptions of environmental issues of pre-service science teachers: The Case of Kocaeli. Pamukkale University Faculty Journal of Education, 44, 146–160.