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E3 Journal of Scientific Research

E3 Journal of Scientific Research Vol. 3 (1) pp. 004-014, June 2015; © E3 Journals; ISSN 2276-9919


The effect of playground characters placed in the playgrounds on the enhancement of primary school childrenʹs environmental consciousness

Aslı Güneş1 , Handan Çakar1 * , Nurdan Erdoğan2 , Kemal Yanmaz3
1 Ege University, Bayındır Vocational Training School, Landscape and Ornamental Plants Program, 35840, Bayındır, Izmir, Turkey
2 Ege University, Centre for Environmental Studies, 35100, Bornova, Izmir, Turkey
3 Ege University, Bayındır Vocational Training School, Fashion Design Program, 35840, Bayındır, Izmir, Turkey
*Corresponding Author E-mail: handan.cakar@ege.edu.tr
Accepted 24 November 2014

Abstract

In this study, the effect of playground characters placed in childrenʹs playgrounds as a pilot scheme within environmental consciousness-raising studies on childrenʹs environmental behaviour was analysed. Triple 15 expressions with 3-point Likert type “environmental behaviour” scale was applied as pretest and last test on primary school children (1st grade to 7th grade). In the statistical evaluation of the tests used in comparison t-test, Oneway ANOVA, Bonferroni test, Chi-Square, and Paired Samples Test were used. As a result of the evaluation, the effects of environmental consciousness-raising were studied separately according to class, question types, and gender and then a general evaluation has been made. The result of the study reveals that the application conducted on the playground has increased the environmental awareness in children while they are having fun without having to spare an extra time. As a result, the fact that the students could perceive the environmental messages on the playground characters and that in accordance with this consciousness their environmental behaviours were affected positively was proven.

Keywords: Environmental behaviours, Environmental knowledge, Playground characters, Playgrounds, Primary school children, 3-Point Likert scale

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