INVESTIGATION OF SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS’ ENVIRONMENTAL LITERACY LEVELS

Murat Şahin, Naim Uzun

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The current research investigated the secondary school students’ environmental literacy levels and the effects of various variables on their environmental literacy levels. The study was carried out with the participation of 525 secondary school students (5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grades) selected from 6 different secondary schools in the city of Bitlis in Turkey in 2013-2014 school year. In order to collect the data in the study, “Elementary School Environmental Literacy Scale” was administered and in the analysis of the gathered data, descriptive statistics, Mann Whitney U-Test and Kruskal Wallis H-Test were employed. At the end of the study, it was concluded that the students’ environmental literacy level is medium in general. While variables such as gender, wondering about news about the environment and nature and visit to natural areas in the last two years lead to significant differences among the students’ environmental literacy levels, grade level was found to be not leading to a significant difference among the students’ literacy levels. 

 

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environment, environmental education, environmental literacy, environmental problems, environmental knowledge, environmental sensitivity, environmental behavior

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