THE EFFECT OF POSTER ACTIVITIES ON LEARNERS' INTELLECTUAL STRUCTURE IN THE ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION

Abstract

Author(s): Gamze HASTRK, Alev DO?AN

The aim of this study is to determine the effect of poster activities on learners’ intellectual structure in the environmental education. In this process, it has tried to reveal whether the porter activities have an effect on the teaching of identified environmental issues using a word association test, drawing concept network map and interpreting concepts and connections between concepts in their mind in order to concretely illustrate the changes in learners’ intellectual structure at the beginning and at the end of the study. The method of the study is pretest-posttest control group design in the experimental method. The study sample consists of 62 thirdgrade students (experimental group 30, control group 32) studying in the department of Science Education, Faculty of Education, Gaziosmanpasa University in Tokat. In this process, the subjects were randomly assigned to two groups. In the research study, the word association test (WAT) and concept network map technique were used in order to reveal the difference of intellectual structure between the experimental group to which the poster activity was applied and the control group to which the poster activity was not applied. According to the research findings; it is found out that the poster activities has developed very important skills such as improving the intellectual structure related to the environment and contributing to meaningful learning.

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