Preschool children's attitudes towards selected environmental issues

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2010
Öztürk-Kahriman, Deniz
The purpose of this study is to explore preschool children’s attitudes towards environmental issues in terms of consumption patterns, environmental protection, recycling-reusing, and living habits and to investigate gender as a factor affecting environmental attitudes. The sample of the study is comprised of 40 preschool age children living in Ankara, Turkey. The research has been realized by qualitative design and the data were collected through interviews. The interview questionnaire was adapted from ―The Children's Attitudes toward the Environment Scale-Preschool Version‖ (CATES-PV) (Musser & Diamond, 1999) and contains 15 interview questions and sub-questions. Theadapted version of the questionnaire was supported with a picture format, designed by the researcher, which explicitly defines each item. Findings of this study indicated that, most of the 5-6 years old children of this study have ecocentric attitudes towards environmental issues for the all dimensions, at a first glance. However, children’s explanations as a result of in depth interviews were evaluated as anthropocentric for such attitudes. Finally, no difference was detected according to gender regarding to environmental attitudes of preschool children.

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D. Öztürk-Kahriman, “Preschool children’s attitudes towards selected environmental issues,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2010.