An Analysis of the Environmental Knowledge and Attitudes of Unıversity Students

By Hande Şahin, İbrahim Kılıç and Sibel Erkal.

Published by The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies

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This research aims to analyze the environmental knowledge and attitudes of university students. For the purpose of data collection, a survey was conducted on 162 students from the 3rd and the 4th grade studying in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences Education at the Industrial Arts Education Faculty, Gazi University. For the conduct of the research, descriptive statistics (such as arithmetic mean, standard deviation etc.), the t test and variance analysis were used for the comparison of the groups; and correlation and regression analysis and structural equation modeling (SEM) were used for determining the relations between quantitative variables. According to the results, it was observed that the environmental knowledge level of the students is higher than their environmental attitude level. However, a significant relationship was observed between the environmental knowledge of the university students and their attitudes regarding this knowledge. Moreover, significant relationships were determined between the general environmental knowledge and the attitude levels of the students and their individual characteristics other than their ages (such as class, gender, the education level of the father, the education level of the mother, levels of income, and whether they have acquired any environmental education prior to the university) (p<0.05). According to the averages, it was determined that the environmental knowledge and attitude levels of the 4th grade students, females and of the students having acquired environmental education prior to university are higher than those of the 3rd grade students, males, and of the students who had not acquired environmental education prior to university.

Keywords: Environmental Knowledge, Environmental Attitudes, Environmental Education, University Student

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp.1-11. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 303.610KB).

Hande Şahin

Research Assistant, Faculty of Industrial Arts Education Sciences, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences Education, Gazi University, Ankara, Golbasi, Turkey

Hande Şahin is a research assistant in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences Education at Gazi University's Faculty of Industrial Arts Education Sciences. Her research interests include housing and intuitional equipment, hygiene in home and institutions, home accidents, and problems of disabled people.

İbrahim Kılıç

Assistant Professor, Afyon Kocatepe University, Afyon, Turkey

Assistant Professor, Afyon, Turkey

Prof Sibel Erkal

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey

Dr. Erkal is a professor of family and consumer sciences at Hacettepe University's Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences. She teaches in the undergraduate and graduate programs in the areas of family and consumer sciences, individual and community health, housing, and health. Her research interests include hygiene in home and institutions, home accidents, housing, health, and housekeeping. She has published in a variety of social science journals. She worked as a visiting associate professor at Minnesota University's School of Public Health, Department of Environmental Health Sciences.