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The role of schools in providing environmental knowledge in science

In: Investigaciones de Economía de la Educación 5


  • Maria A. Garcia Valinas

    () (Toulouse School of Economics, LERNA-INRA)

  • Manuel Antonio Muñiz Pérez

    () (Universidad de Oviedo)

  • Jose Manuel Cordero Ferrera

    () (Universidad de Extremadura)


Previous studies have shown that there is a positive relationship between environmental education and pro-environmental behaviors and attitudes. The aim of this study is to describe an empirical approach to measuring aspects of environmental science literacy through using data from OECD PISA 2006 in Spain. Four that purpose, we use multilevel model is to analyze in detail the impact of school activities and other additional sources on the environmental education of 15-years-old students. Our findings show that schools have a secondary role in the provision of environmental knowledge, since only few activities have a significant influence on students’ environmental performance, while media seem to have a major role in providing that information.

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  • Maria A. Garcia Valinas & Manuel Antonio Muñiz Pérez & Jose Manuel Cordero Ferrera, 2010. "The role of schools in providing environmental knowledge in science," Investigaciones de Economía de la Educación volume 5,in: María Jesús Mancebón-Torrubia & Domingo P. Ximénez-de-Embún & José María Gómez-Sancho & Gregorio Gim (ed.), Investigaciones de Economía de la Educación 5, edition 1, volume 5, chapter 4, pages 87-100 Asociación de Economía de la Educación.
  • Handle: RePEc:aec:ieed05:05-04

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    secondary school; PISA; environmental knowledge; technical efficiency;

    JEL classification:

    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
    • H52 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Government Expenditures and Education
    • Q58 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environmental Economics: Government Policy


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