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Environmental Ethical Thinking of the Students of Biology at the College of Education

Assist. Prof. Mazin Thamer Shanef PhD, Assit. Prof. Alaa Ahmed Abdulwahid PhD

Abstract


     During 1970's, environmental ethics are considered the most important implications of environmental education due to the development, complications of life and industrial, economic and urban techniques. This kind of complication leads to trespass upon the natural environment and the emergence of new problems like global warming, different sources of noise, pollution of seas and oceans, ozone layer, depletion of natural resources, extinction of certain animals, desertification and accumulation of industrial and domestic waste. The study aims to measure environmental moral thinking of the students of biology. To achieve this goal, the scale of environmental moral thinking in its final version of (26) items with four alternatives of answer.  The scale is applied on the students of the 3rd and 4th stages of biology department for the academic year 2018- 2019. The sample includes (150) female and male students. After verifying the validity and reliability of the scale, the results show a decrease in the environmental moral thinking of the sample. The researchers attribute this results to low awareness of the appropriate behavior towards the elements of environment and how to deal with it. Also, there are no environmental education in the educational programmes whether through actual teaching of the curriculum or a reference by the teacher through achieving educational goals, moreover, the absence of educational goals that related to the environmental moral thinking inside classes.


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