Middle School Pupils’ Attitudes Toward the Climate Crisis

Abstract

One of the greatest challenges humanity is facing during the upcoming years is the effects of climate change on our world. The education system understands that the issue of the climate crisis must be included as a part of scientific literacy. The climate science literacy explains the connection between different climate systems and the way they work in the world, they also emphasize the effects of climatic phenomena on human life. In order to increase pupils’ awareness to the climate crisis, student teachers planned an activity day on the topic. The purpose of the study was to examine the attitudes, knowledge, behavior, and concerns of the pupils regarding the climate crisis before and after the activity. 185 pupils participated in this activity. The pupils answered an anonymous quantitative and qualitative questionnaire at the beginning of the activity and at the end. of it. Based on the results of the questionnaire it appears that there is a strong correlation between the pupil’s behavior attitudes and concerns. The pupils reported that the school studies have little influence in imparting the subject compared to the activity day. The pupils also reported that the activity affected their attitudes towards the subject, their future behavior according to it, and their knowledge about it. In light of the findings, it is necessary to expand teaching climate literacy at schools in order to increase the awareness towards the subject, that way the pupil will be encouraged to be involved in handling the climate crisis.



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Vered Yeflach Wishkerman, Kaye Academic College for Education, Israel

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Conference: ACEID2024
Stream: Learning Experiences

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