Volume 6 Issue 1 (2017)

Environmental Literacy Dimensions of Pre-Service Teachers

pp. 95-108  |  Published Online: May 2017  |  DOI: 10.22521/unibulletin.2017.61.8

Ferhat Karakaya, Sakine Serap Avgin, Mehmet Yilmaz

Abstract

In this research, it is aimed to determine pre-service science teachers' environment attitude, behavior and perceptions in terms of different variables. In this research, the relational screening model method was used. The study group consists of 265 pre-service science teachers from a state university in Turkey. The research was conducted during the fall semester of 2015-2016. In this research, the Environment Attitude Scale (EAS), Environment Behavior Scale (EBS), and Environment Perceptions Scale (EPS) were used. Data were analyzed by using IBM SPSS-21 statistical program. For data analysis, Independent t-test, Mann-Whitney U-test, One-Way Variance Analysis (ANOVA), Tukey significance test and also Correlation Analysis were used. There was no statistically significant difference found in pre-service teachers’ environment attitude, behavior and perceptions in terms of gender and longest-lived place. However, there was a statistically significant difference found in pre-service teachers’ environment attitude, behavior and perceptions in terms of the variables of having an environment lesson, education department and grade level. There was a positive middle relationship between environmental literacy components and environment attitude behavior, and a positive weak relationship between environment attitude-perceptions.

Keywords: environment attitude, environment behavior, environment perceptions

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