Volume 4, Issue 1-2, February 2015, Page: 6-11
Mental Models which Influence the Attitudes of Science Students towards Recycling
Gonca Harman, Department of Elementary Science Education, Faculty of Education, Ondokuz Mayıs University, Samsun, Turkey
Zeynep Aksan, Department of Elementary Science Education, Faculty of Education, Ondokuz Mayıs University, Samsun, Turkey
Dilek Çelikler, Department of Elementary Science Education, Faculty of Education, Ondokuz Mayıs University, Samsun, Turkey
Received: Nov. 29, 2014;       Accepted: Dec. 3, 2014;       Published: Jan. 19, 2015
DOI: 10.11648/j.ijrse.s.2015040102.12      View  2863      Downloads  122
Abstract
The aim of this study was to evaluate the mental models which influence the attitudes towards recycling of students attending the Department of Science Teaching. 31 first-year university students who are enrolling in the department of science education participated in the study. Based on the study results, it was determined that only a limited number of mental models influenced the students’ attitudes towards recycling. It was also determined that the students’ mental models focused on 8 categories, which were the “benefits of recycling,” the “sorting of wastes at their source,” the “promotion of recycling,” the “use of different recycling containers for different types of wastes,” “recyclable wastes,” “recycling facilities,” the “recycling process” and the “logo of recycling”.
Keywords
Recycling, Mental Models, Drawing, Science Students
To cite this article
Gonca Harman, Zeynep Aksan, Dilek Çelikler, Mental Models which Influence the Attitudes of Science Students towards Recycling, International Journal of Sustainable and Green Energy. Special Issue: Renewable Energy and Recycling for Sustainable Development. Vol. 4, No. 1-2, 2015, pp. 6-11. doi: 10.11648/j.ijrse.s.2015040102.12
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