The present study aimed to determine engineering students' familiarity and current understandings of sustainability as well as their attitudes toward sustainable development. 'A Survey of University Students' Views on Sustainability' originally developed by Kagawa (2007) was administered to a total of 341 engineering students at Middle East Technical University. The results of descriptive statistics showed that engineering students could not develop an adequate understanding of sustainability. Moreover, there existed some knowledge gaps in their conceptualizations of different aspects of sustainability. Engineering students declared sustainability as mostly related with environmental aspect of this term while neglecting social and economic development. On the other hand, engineering students had favorable attitudes toward sustainable development.
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Şahin, Elvan; Teksöz, Gaye (2009-01-01)
The aim of present study was two-fold: (1) to determine university students' familiarity and understandings of 'sustainable development', (2) to examine their attitudes toward sustainable development, environmental values, and their behaviors toward sustainable life styles. The data collected by on-line administration of a questionnaire to 958 university students during February-June of 2008 were analyzed by using descriptive statistics. The results reflected that majority of the participants declared thems...
Examination of pre-service chemistry teachers’ competency in the field of environmental education and sustainable development
Soysal, Ceren; Geban, Ömer; Teksöz, Gaye; Department of Secondary Science and Mathematics Education (2017)
The purpose of this study was to explore pre-service chemistry teachers’ competency related to Environmental Education and Sustainable Development. In doing so, the frame was set to focus on three fields of competency: (i) content knowledge, (ii) pedagogical content knowledge, (iii) chemistry literacy. The data gathered from 24 pre-service chemistry teachers at the end of the spring semester of 2016-2017. Essay type questions was used as the source of data. The instrument was created by using the current co...
Effects of Conceptual Change Text Based Instruction on Ecology Attitudes toward Biology and Environment
Çetin, Gülcan; Ertepınar, Hamide; Geban, Ömer (2015-02-01)
The purpose of this study is to investigate the effects of the conceptual change text based instruction on ninth grade students’ understanding of ecological concepts, and attitudes toward biology and environment. Participants were 82 ninth grade students in a public high school in the Northwestern Turkey. A treatment was employed over a five-week period with quasi-experimental design. While two classes were called control group, two classes were called experimental group. Each teacher had one control group ...
Green STEM application for developing 6th graders’ awareness, knowledge and skills on heat insulation and sustainability
Sönmez Aydın, Ayşe; Teksöz, Gaye; Department of Science Education (2020-9)
In this study, it is aimed to determine the effect of environmental STEM application on students' environmental awareness, knowledge and scientific skills. Within the scope of the sixth grade science course, an E-STEM course was designed and implemented on the relationship between thermal insulation and the sustainable use of natural resources in line with engineering practices. 56 students attended the lesson, and the effectiveness of the lesson was measured using pre-post tests, experiment worksheet...
The Relationship between Environmental Moral Reasoning and Environmental Attitudes of Pre-Service Science Teachers
Tuncay Yüksel, Büşra; Yılmaz Tüzün, Özgül; Teksöz, Gaye (2011-01-01)
The aim of the present study was to investigate the relationship between environmental moral reasoning patterns and environmental attitudes of 120 pre-service science teachers. Content analysis was carried out on participants’ written statements regarding their concerns about the presented environmental problems and the statements were labeled as ecocentric, anthropocentric, and non-environmental according to their meanings. Then, descriptive and inferential analyses were conducted on the calculated frequen...
Citation Formats
E. Şahin and G. Teksöz, “ENGINEERING STUDENTS’ UNDERSTANDINGS AND ATTITUDES PERTAINING TO SUSTAINABILITY,” presented at the 3rd International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies (EDULEARN), Barcelona, SPAIN, 2011, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: