Climate change? When? Where?

Boon, Helen (2009) Climate change? When? Where? Australian Educational Researcher, 36 (3). pp. 43-65.

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Regional Australian students were surveyed to explore their understanding and knowledge of the greenhouse effect, ozone depletion and climate change. Results were compared with a parallel study undertaken in 1991 in a regional UK city.

The comparison was conducted to investigate whether more awareness and understanding of these issues is demonstrated by students as a result of over 16 years’ accumulated knowledge, increased certainty among experts of greenhouse effects on climate, media publicity and inclusion of the greenhouse effect in the Australian school curriculum.

Data obtained from a combined sample of 740 Year 8/10 secondary students examined the extent of student understanding and knowledge, models of explanation and sources of information of the phenomena. A path analytic, Structural Equation Model (SEM) tested links between student understanding of the greenhouse effect, knowledge of greenhouse gases and experience of being in a greenhouse, to conceptions of climate change.

Results show similarities between the two groups, with knowledge and understanding of these important scientific literacy issues remaining unacceptably low in 2007. Sociocultural influences are proposed in relation to results and implications for practice are suggested.

Item ID: 8756
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 0311-6999
Keywords: climate change; secondary students; science education; Bronfenbrenner; structural equation modeling
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Reproduced with permission from Australian Association for Research in Education.

Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2010 01:52
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy @ 90%
17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170103 Educational Psychology @ 10%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9303 Curriculum > 930302 Syllabus and Curriculum Development @ 80%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development @ 20%
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