Predictors of middle school students’ energy conservation behaviors : indications from value-belief-norm theory

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2019
Öztürk, Duygu
The aim of this study was to investigate middle school students’ energy conservation behaviors utilizing Value-Belief-Norm Theory. Furthermore, these students’ value orientations, personal norms, ascription of responsibilities, awareness of consequences, environmental beliefs and predictors of energy conservation behaviors were examined. Data were collected from 549 middle school students at Sarıyer in İstanbul during May-June 2018. This study was designed as a correlational research. According to results of descriptive statistics, these middle school students had moderate level energy conservation behaviors and egoistic value orientations while they had higher levels of biospheric and altruistic value orientations, responsibility, personal norms and awareness through environment. The results of multiple linear regression analysis revealed that Value-Belief-Norm Theory could be used to explain middle school students’ energy conservation behaviors. To be more specific, the predictors of middle school students’ energy conservation behaviors were found as biospheric value orientations, personal norms and ascription of responsibility. In addition, a statistically significant relationship was found out between these students’ biospheric value orientations, personal norms and ascription of responsibility.

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D. Öztürk, “Predictors of middle school students’ energy conservation behaviors : indications from value-belief-norm theory,” Thesis (M.S.) -- Graduate School of Social Sciences. Elementary Science and Mathematics Education., Middle East Technical University, 2019.