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Evaluating eighth grade students' environmental literacy

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.