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A Comparative Study on Pre Service Teachers and Elementary Students Attitude towards the Environment

The purpose of the present study was to assess Turkish elementary school students' and pre-service teachers' environmental attitudes, and to explore whether there was a significant difference in the attitudes towards the environment of the above mentioned two groups. Datawas gathered by circulating a 45- item 'EnvironmentalAttitude Questionnaire' to a total of 1235 6th, 7th and 8th grade students, and 334 pre-service teachers. The results indicated that participants of this study accepted that environmental pollution is a serious problem of our times and it will not diminish in the future. Also they are aware of individual responsibilities in finding solutions for environmental problems. Asimilar conclusion, however, cannot be drawn when the attitudes towards solutions for the environmental problems are of concern. The findings also demonstrated that pre-service teachers and elementary school students significantly differed in their attitude towards the environment.