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Analysis of Environmental Awareness, Emotions and Level of Self-Efficacy of Teachers in Training within the Framework of Waste for the Achievement of Sustainable Development

Department of Science Teaching, University of Extremadura, 06006 Badajoz, Spain
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Sustainability 2020, 12(6), 2563; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12062563
Received: 2 March 2020 / Revised: 18 March 2020 / Accepted: 22 March 2020 / Published: 24 March 2020
The United Nations General Assembly has pointed out that education is an essential tool for properly instructing society to achieve sustainable development, in terms of values, skills, knowledge or abilities. Within this framework, this research focuses on environmental attitude and awareness as an influential element in the teaching and learning processes. The main objective of the study was to diagnose and evaluate emotional, teaching self-efficacy and environmental awareness variables of teachers in primary and secondary education training within the framework of waste. The sample was made up of 160 teachers in training. As a measurement instrument, a questionnaire was designed, developed and validated consisting of three different parts to measure the variables under investigation. The descriptive and inferential statistical analysis of the data shows attitudinal, emotional and self-efficacy differences according to the categories examined, revealing the need to promote an improvement in the attitude towards certain environmental actions in future teachers. The results suggest that education has a relevant role in sustainability, and its importance and inclusion in the curricula of the different educational stages should be recognized. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainable development; teacher in training; primary education; secondary education; waste; awareness; emotions; teacher self-efficacy sustainable development; teacher in training; primary education; secondary education; waste; awareness; emotions; teacher self-efficacy
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Martínez-Borreguero, G.; Maestre-Jiménez, J.; Mateos-Núñez, M.; Naranjo-Correa, F.L. Analysis of Environmental Awareness, Emotions and Level of Self-Efficacy of Teachers in Training within the Framework of Waste for the Achievement of Sustainable Development. Sustainability 2020, 12, 2563.

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