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Correlation Between Global Citizenship and Sustainable Development Awareness Levels of Pre-Service Teachers

The present study aimed to determine the differences and similarities between global citizenship and sustainable development awareness levels pre-service social studies teachers based on gender and grade variables. Also, the effect of global citizenship perceptions on sustainable development awareness was investigated based on the data collected in the study. Relational model, one of the general screening models in descriptive analysis, was used in the study. The study sample included 387 pre-service teachers attending the social studies teaching departments in two universities in Turkey. Sustainable Development Awareness Scale developed by Türel (2010) and Global Citizenship Scale, developed by Morais and Ogden (2011) and adapted to Turkish by Şahin and Çermik (2014) were used as data collection instruments. Study findings demonstrated that the sustainable development awareness and global citizenship levels of females were higher when compared to male students. Furthermore, the analysis conducted based on the grade level of the students demonstrated that both global citizenship and sustainable development awareness levels increased towards the senior year. Based on the results of the correlation analysis conducted on data collected from the participants, it was determined that there was a correlation between sustainable development awareness levels of the participants and sustainable development. Pearson Product Moment Correlation analysis conducted to determine the correlation between global citizenship scores and sustainable development awareness levels revealed a statistically significant positive correlation between the scores (p <.05). In other words, individuals with high global citizenship levels had high sustainable development awareness.

Global Citizenship, Sustainable Development, Pre-Service Teachers


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