A cross-age study on elementary students’ value orientations, environmental optimism levels and environmental concern

Eryiğit, Arzu
A cross age study was conducted to investigate 6th, 7th and 8th grade students’ value orientations, environmental optimism, and environmental concern. In addition, gender and grade level differences in the environmental-related attributes were examined. A total of 938 (491 girls and 447 boys) students attending public schools located in Kelkit, the district of Gumushane, were administered a questionnaire consisting of Demographics, Environmental Attitudes and Apathy Scales, Environmental Concern Scale , Environmental Optimism Scale, Locus of Control Scale and Conservation Behavior Scale. In general, students who participated in the current study found to endorse eco-centric attitudes, and express a high degree of concern as well as optimism level about the current and future state of the environmental issues and problems. They also seemed to be interested in environmental issues and problems and perceived environmental problems as one of the two or three most important problems currently being faced. In order to examine the role of gender and grade level on students’ environmental attitudes, two separate two-way MANOVAs were conducted. The results revealed a statistically significant gender and grade level differences both on students’ ecocentric, apathy and anthropocentric attitudes and on students’ environmental optimism and concern levels.


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A. Eryiğit, “A cross-age study on elementary students’ value orientations, environmental optimism levels and environmental concern,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2010.