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Environmental issues in the media: students' perceptions in the three Nordic-Baltic countries
University of Eastern Finland.
University of Turku.
Åbo Akademi University.
Siauliai University.
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2014 (English)In: Journal of Teacher Education for Sustainability, ISSN 1691-4147, Vol. 16, no 1, 32-53 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The media, as a source of information, is supposed to have a significant role in effecting people's environmental knowledge and attitudes. The purpose of this study was to find students' perceptions of environmental issues as presented in the media and how students in Finland, Lithuania and Sweden used these media sources in the matters related to environmental issues. The most important source of environmental knowledge was found to be the Internet, followed by newspapers, television, school and education. In their own lives, students discussed environmental issues every day and, to some extent, in social media, discussion forums and blogs. In Finland, newspapers represented the most important source of environmental knowledge; in Lithuania, environmental organisations were the most prevalent, and, in Sweden, it was in a school or educational context. Based on these results, it was concluded that, in order to reach both genders of students in different countries and to more greatly benefit from all sources of information, a variety of media should be used in education for sustainability.

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2014. Vol. 16, no 1, 32-53 p.
Keyword [en]
higher education; sources of environmental knowledge, educational use of media, environmental issues
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Didactics Media Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-12949DOI: 10.2478/jtes-2014-0002OAI: diva2:748927
Available from: 2014-09-22 Created: 2014-09-22 Last updated: 2014-12-07Bibliographically approved

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