Factors Contributing Ecological Footprint Awareness of Turkish Pre-Service Teachers

  •  Şule Bayraktar    


The purpose of this research is to determine ecological footprint awareness level of pre-service teachers who are majoring in three different programs of Teacher Education Department. The study also investigated whether there is a difference in ecological footprint awareness level based on gender, parents’ education, program of study, and longest lived place of residence. “Ecological Footprint Awareness Scale” which was developed by Coşkun & Sarıkaya (2014) was used as a data collection tool. The scale is a 5 point Likert type instrument which is composed of five dimensions related to food, shelter and mobility, water consumption, energy consumption, and waste management. One hundred and seventy pre-service teachers who are pursuing their third year in a College of Education of a medium size University located at northeast part of Turkey participated in the study. T-test and one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) was used to analyze the data by utilizing SPSS statistical package. Results of the study revealed that the pre-service teachers’ awareness on ecological footprint is at a medium level; highest levels of awareness found in energy (X=4.15) and water consumption(X=3.83) dimensions. Least level of awareness detected in food dimension (X=3.04). Results of the study showed that pre-service teachers’ awareness level differed based on gender in food dimension of the scale (t=2.116, p

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