Investigating the Changes in Children's Environmental Attitudes Through Mobile Game Intervention

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2021-9
Tok, Aslıhan Mecbure
Environmental education has gained significant importance in recent years to increase the new generation's environmental awareness, attitudes, and behaviors with the intention of reducing and preventing the possible destruction of climate change. In Northern Cyprus, most of the studies focused on the relationship between environmental education and environmental attitudes of students at secondary school, high school, and university levels. In this thesis, environmental education has been examined from a fresh perspective; therefore, environmental attitudes of primary school students have been explored using a mobile game intervention. Supporting environmental education through technological tools besides the traditionally applied classroom teaching and outdoor activities may be an important step. For this purpose, a quasi-experimental pre- and post-test design was adopted, and two groups of students were compared. A mobile game was designed and implemented to investigate the possible effects on primary school children's environmental attitudes in Northern Cyprus. The data was collected through mobile game and online surveys of demographic information, Health Belief Model Survey and Children’s Attitude Towards the Environment Survey. As a result of this study, it was found that mobile game positively affects environmental attitudes of primary school children. In addition, in baseline, no significant difference was found between the children’s ages and environmental attitude scores, but a significant difference was observed between gender, school type, father’s level of education, and environmental attitude scores. Girls and children attending private school have higher environmental attitudes compare to boys and those attending public school. Additionally, it was found that those who played the mobile game longer had higher environmental attitude scores.

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A. M. Tok, “Investigating the Changes in Children’s Environmental Attitudes Through Mobile Game Intervention,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2021.