Educational Research and Reviews

  • Abbreviation: Educ. Res. Rev.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1990-3839
  • DOI: 10.5897/ERR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 2008

Full Length Research Paper

Examination of primary education department preservice teachers' attitudes towards environment according to various variables

Selma Gulec
  • Selma Gulec
  • Department of Elementary Education, Faculty of Education, Uludag University, Bursa, Turkey.
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  •  Received: 20 January 2016
  •  Accepted: 05 April 2016
  •  Published: 23 May 2016


The study group was composed of 114 students from the Education Faculty of Uludag University in the spring semester of 2014 to 2015 academic year. 90 of them were female and 24 were male; 52 were enrolled in the classroom teaching and 62 in the social studies department. The 27-item “Environmental Attitude Scale” developed was used in the study. To analyze the data, the statistical package for the social sciences (SPSS) program was used. The Kolmogorov-Smirnov test was used to check if the data distributed normally. It was observed that while the results of the Environmental Behavior Scale distributed normally, those of the Environmental Thought Scale did not. The Environmental Behavior Scale was composed of 13 items; the Environmental Thought Scale consisted of 14 items. Items were scored from 1 to 5. In terms of environmental behaviors, no statistically significant differences were found according to gender and branch. Again, no statistically significant difference was found in terms of environmental thought according to gender, but a significant difference was observed according to branch. When the students' attitudes were compared, it was observed that they exhibited a high level of attitude towards environmental thought but a middle level attitude towards environmental behavior.

Key words: Environment, environmental education, environmental attitude, environmental thought, student teacher.