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The Investigastion of teachers with respect to knowledge level on environmental concepts

Aydemir, Murat
The aim of this study is to investigate the environmental knowledge level of teachers, who teach the elementary science and technology course, and to explore possible relationships between environmental knowledge level and their demographic attributes. In this study, data was obtained by the instrument developed by the researcher to 183 teachers from 91 selected elementary schools throughout Çankaya and Yenimahalle districts of Ankara in spring 2005-2006 semester. The results of the study indicated that participant did not take adequate environmental education neither preservice nor inservice education. Teacher in the study used media (visual or printed) to reach environmental information. Majority of the teachers in the study had average knowledge about environmental concepts and only small number of teachers had adequate knowledge level about environmental concepts. The main predictor of teachers’ knowledge were teaching experience, class hours taught in a week and being a part of an environment project.