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    Implementation of an environmental education course to improve pre-service elementary teachers’ environmental literacy and self-efficacy beliefs


    Saribas, Deniz and Doganca Kucuk, Zerrin and Ertepinar, Hamide (2017) Implementation of an environmental education course to improve pre-service elementary teachers’ environmental literacy and self-efficacy beliefs. International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, 26 (4). pp. 311-326. ISSN 1747-7611

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    Abstract

    This study aims to investigate effects of a treatment implemented in an environmental education course on pre-service elementary teachers’ environmental literacy and self-efficacy beliefs. During the course, 58 participants were informed about basic concepts of ecology, went to climate change exhibition, and prepared presentations and reflections about selected environmental problems. Scale of Self-Efficacy Belief towards Environmental Education and Scale of Environmental Literacy were used as pre- and post-tests. The participants’ reflections were analyzed to provide a deeper insight of their understanding of climate change. Results showed that the participants’ environmental attitudes, perception of environmental uses, and self-efficacy beliefs increased significantly, although there was no significant change in their environmental knowledge and concern at the end of the course. Analyses of their reflections indicated an improvement in understanding climate change. The article includes suggestions for overcoming limitations of the study.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Cite as: Deniz Saribas, Zerrin Doganca Kucuk & Hamide Ertepinar (2017) Implementation of an environmental education course to improve pre-service elementary teachers’ environmental literacy and self-efficacy beliefs, International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, 26:4, 311-326, DOI: 10.1080/10382046.2016.1262512
    Keywords: Environmental literacy; self-efficacy belief; environmental education; pre-service elementary teachers; understanding of climate change;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Education
    Item ID: 11516
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/10382046.2016.1262512
    Depositing User: Zerrin Doganca Kucuk
    Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2019 15:22
    Journal or Publication Title: International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education
    Publisher: Taylor & Francis
    Refereed: Yes
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