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Bio-energy and youth: Analyzing the role of school, home, and media from the future policy perspectives

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  • Halder, Pradipta
  • Havu-Nuutinen, Sari
  • Pietarinen, Janne
  • Pelkonen, Paavo

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The study investigated the relationships between students' perceived information on bio-energy from school, home and media and their perceptions, attitudes, and knowledge regarding bio-energy. The study also analyzed the scope of future policies to raise awareness among young students about bio-energy. Data drawn from 495 Finnish students studying in ninth grade revealed that the students were more positive in their attitudes towards bio-energy compared to their perceptions of it. They were very positive about learning about bio-energy, while not so eager towards its utilization. It appeared that school, home, and media all had statistically significant effects on students' perceptions, attitudes, and level of knowledge related to bio-energy. Three principal components emerged from students' perceptions and attitudes towards bio-energy viz. [`]motivation' revealing students' eagerness to know more about bio-energy; [`]considering sustainability' revealing their criticality of forest bio-energy; and [`]utilization' revealing their state of interests to use bio-energy. Bio-energy policies to be effective must consider the role of school, home, and media as important means to engage young students in bio-energy related discussions. It is also desirable to establish interactions between energy and educational policies to integrate the modern renewable energy concepts in the school curriculum.

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  • Halder, Pradipta & Havu-Nuutinen, Sari & Pietarinen, Janne & Pelkonen, Paavo, 2011. "Bio-energy and youth: Analyzing the role of school, home, and media from the future policy perspectives," Applied Energy, Elsevier, pages 1233-1240.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:appene:v:88:y:2011:i:4:p:1233-1240
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