What is that thing called climate change? An investigation into the understanding of climate change by seventh-grade students

Yasemin Özdem, Burҫkin Dal, Nilay Öztürk, Duygu Sönmez, Umut Alper

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Abstract

This paper presents findings from research on students' general environmental concerns, experiences, beliefs, attitudes, worldviews, values, and actions relating to climate change. Data was gathered from a sample of 646 seventh-grade students. The findings indicate that students identify climate change as a consequence of modern life. They consider the issue personally important but they also state that there is nothing they can do about the issue. Since they identify their primary sources of information as media and education, climate change should be addressed in national curricula as well as on media to provide an accurate understanding and awareness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)294-313
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Research in Geographical and Environmental Education
Volume23
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Oct 2014

Bibliographical note

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© 2014 Taylor & Francis.

Funding

The research reported in this manuscript was supported by the Ministry of Environment and Urban Planning (MEUP), “The Impacts of Climate Change and Raising Awareness about Adapting the Climate Change” project.

FundersFunder number
Ministry of Environment and Urban Planning

    Keywords

    • Climate change
    • Environmental concerns
    • Perceptions
    • Seventh-grade students

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