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Contemporary Approaches in Education

Kevin Norley, Mehmet Ali Icbay and Hasan Arslan

Contemporary Approaches in Education presents papers of the Fifth European Conference on Social and Behavioral Sciences in St. Petersburg, Russia and the Sixth European Conference on Social and Behavioral Sciences in Selcuk, Izmir, Turkey. The contributions deal with a wide range of educational issues, namely teaching and learning, educational policy and school psychology.
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Research on the Environmental Knowledge and Environmental Awareness of Preschool Teachers



Abstract The present study aimed to elicit the environmental knowledge and environmental awareness of preschool teachers. The research group of the study was comprised of 130 teachers serving at the independent nursery schools, training nursery school of the vocational school for girls, and nursery classes of primary schools in the province of Yozgat and its towns. The Personal Information Form and Environmental Awareness Questionnaire was used as the data collection tool in the study. The Personal Information Form was developed by the researchers. The Environmental Knowledge and Environmental Awareness Questionnaire was used by Schrenk (1994) in Germany and by Erten (2002; 2003; 2005) in Turkey with partial amendments. The relational survey model was implemented in the research. In analysing the data, Pearson Correlation calculations, parametric (t-test, ANOVA) and non-parametric tests (Kruskal Wallis, Mann-Whitney U Test) were used whether or not variables showed a normal distribution. As a result of the research study, a weak relation was observed between the Attitudes toward Environment and Environmentally Friendly Behaviours (r = 0.40) and between Attitudes toward Environment and Environmental Knowledge (r = 0.47) of preschool teachers; a very weak relationship was found between Environmentally Friendly Behaviours and Environmental Knowledge (r = 0.25). It was observed that the environmental awareness of preschool teachers was influenced by taking care of pets and flowers at home and by following daily news together with their friends. Consequently, it was determined that the environmental knowledge and attitudes of preschool teachers could not be responsible for creating environmentally friendly...

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