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Evaluating eighth grade students' environmental literacy

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2009
Varışlı, Tuğçe
The purpose of this study is to evaluate eighth grade students’ environmental literacy (knowledge, attitude, sensitivity and concern) level and to assess effects of socio-demographic variables (gender, parents’ educational level, parents’ work status and source of information about environmental knowledge) on their environmental literacy level. A total of 437 (212 girls and 225 boys) eight grade public school students are administered Environmental Literacy Test which includes four parts; knowledge (20 items), attitude (10 items), sensitivity (19 items), concern (12 items). Descriptive analysis showed that students have positive attitude and high degrees of concern and sensitivity toward environment; however they have low to moderate levels of environmental knowledge. In order to evaluate the role of socio-demographic variables on students’ environmental literacy level, six separate one-way MANOVAs were conducted. The results revealed that; a) there is significant effect of gender on students’ environmental literacy regarding to concern, in favor of girls, b) there is a significant effect of parents’ educational level on students’ environmental literacy; c) there is a significant effect of mothers’ work status on students’ environmental literacy and d) there is not a significant effect of source of information about environment on students’ environmental literacy.