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Students' attitudes toward technology and environment: connecting aspect for sustainable environment

Marko Bevk (2018) Students' attitudes toward technology and environment: connecting aspect for sustainable environment. MSc thesis.

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    Abstract

    We live in a world where we are constantly surrounded by modern technology. At the same time, we are faced with numerous environmental issues that are becoming more common and are threatening a normal living environment. In the theoretical part of this master’s thesis, we provide some facts about different attitudes towards technology that have already been researched in some other works. We present the components that build these attitudes and main factors that shape them. Afterwards, we also discuss environmental issues in education. We focus mostly on the syllabuses of subjects that are part of the curriculum of primary schools. In the end, we also present examples of good practice in the field of environmental protection. We then discuss attitudes towards the environment and the factors that affect these attitudes. Afterwards, we focus on foreign countries and describe foreign pupils’ attitudes towards the environment in some of these countries. The main part of the thesis is dedicated to attitudes towards technology and the environment as well as the interpretation of results obtained through a questionnaire, which was devised especially for the purpose of this master’s thesis. In addition, we used already existing questionnaires for measuring attitudes towards technology and the environment. The main purpose of the master’s thesis is to discover the attitudes of pupils towards the researched topics and if there are any links between them. At first, we searched for differences based on gender and age and then we looked at correlations. We discovered that pupils show above average attitudes towards both topics, since the average score for answers surpassed the arithmetic mean of 2.5 points. We also discovered that satisfaction with technology classes has the biggest effect on attitudes towards technology and the environment. Even though the results showed a very positive attitude towards technology and the environment, we prepared some suggestions for further improving pupils’ attitudes. Our suggestions were based on examples of good practice from abroad. Nevertheless, we did not overlook the example of good practice from Slovenia, which has been successfully implemented into the school curriculum and which will help increase pupils’ positive attitudes towards the environment. This is forest pedagogics, which was introduced by the researchers of the Slovenian Forestry Institute and is marketed under the name of Forest of experiments. Because of its active manner of teaching, forest pedagogics is definitely a field, which will play an important role in improving pupils’ attitudes towards the environment.

    Item Type: Thesis (MSc thesis)
    Keywords: primary school, attitudes towards technology, attitudes towards the environment, links between attitudes, sustainable environment
    Number of Pages: 90
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    doc. dr. Stanislav AvsecMentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=12196425)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 5449
    Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2018 13:02
    Last Modified: 05 Nov 2018 13:02
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/5449

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