Prospective Turkish elementary science teachers’ knowledge level about the greenhouse effect and their views on environmental education in university

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Mustafa Kışoğlu Hasan Gürbüz Mehmet Erkol Muhammed Said Akar Mustafa Akıllı


The fundamental factor of environmental education is teachers who are well-informed
about environmental issues. This research aimed to determine prospective Turkish
elementary science teachers’ knowledge level about causes, consequences and reducing of
the greenhouse effect and to investigate the effect of gender, information source and
membership in the environmental foundations on their knowledge. We also aimed to learn
their views on environmental education given in university. Twenty-six Likert-scale items
developed by Cin (2006) were used for data collection. The scale was applied to 215
prospective teachers from two universities in eastern Turkey. Results indicated that the
majority of prospective teachers had misunderstandings about causes, consequences and
reducing of the greenhouse effect. According to the analysis of demographic variables, there
were significant differences in participants’ mean scores based on gender and information
sources. Additionally, prospective teachers found environmental education inadequate for
different reasons.


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KIŞOĞLU, Mustafa et al. Prospective Turkish elementary science teachers’ knowledge level about the greenhouse effect and their views on environmental education in university. International Electronic Journal of Elementary Education, [S.l.], v. 2, n. 2, p. 217-236, aug. 2017. ISSN 1307-9298. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 04 aug. 2020.


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