Implementation of a Performance Task for Developing the Value of Love of Nature
Author/s: Vedat Aktepe
Year: 2015 Vol: 15 Number: 3
The purpose of this study is to determine the effects of the love of nature performance task on the opinions and attitudes of 4th grade primary school students at the Science and Art center towards their value of love of nature. The mixed method was used by means of both quantitative and qualitative research models. The experimental group consisted of 10 students while the control group had 11 students. Data was collected through the love of nature attitude scale and the Emotions and Opinions forms. The Mann-Whitney U test was used in the analysis of quantitative data, while the descriptive analysis method was used for analyzing the qualitative data. According to the analysis of the quantitative data, there is a correlation (at the level of U = 47.000, p < 0.05) in favor of the experimental group. Meanwhile, based on the analysis of the qualitative data, one may claim that the experimental group students maintained their positive attitude and behavior for the duration of the love of nature performance task. Evaluation of the student opinions about the love of nature value upon completion of the performance task indicates that they value and protect nature and its components, and they make an effort to enhance nature and improve the creatures therein. Accordingly, one may assert that the implementation of a performance task on love of nature had an impact on the student development of love towards nature.