Development and validation of human population growth scale in the context of sustainability

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2014
Demirci, Sinem
The aim of this study is to construct valid and reliable scales to identify beliefs towards the effects of human population growth, and to explore the HPG beliefs of preservice teachers at Middle East Teachnical University. HPG is one of the essential elements of education for sustainable development and preservice teachers were included in this study since they are future teachers to implement ESD programs. The data were collected in the fall term of 2013 2014 academic year from six hundred fifty eight preservice teachers from Faculty of Education at METU pursuing different undergraduate program. Human Population Growth Belief Scale was constructed as a measuring tool and implemented in classroom environment settings. The results of Exploratory and Confirmatory Factor Analyses revealed that BHPG scale is valid and reliable scale for determining pre-service teachers beliefs towards the effects of HPG. The results proposed six dimensions named as Requirements to Support HPG, NeoMalthusian Environmentalism, Population and National Economy, Quality of Human Life, Population, Resources, and Environment, and Population and Migration. Moreover, descriptive analysis results indicated that pre-service teacher did not have complex and consistent belief systems towards the effects of HPG concept

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S. Demirci, “Development and validation of human population growth scale in the context of sustainability,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2014.