Renewable and nuclear energy: an international study of students’ beliefs about, and willingness to act, in relation to two energy production scenarios
Skamp, K, Boyes, E, Stanisstreet, M, Rodriguez, M, Malandrakis, G, Fortner, R, Kilinc, A, Taylor, N, Chhokar, K, Dua, S, Ambussaidi, A, Cheong, I Kim, M & Yoon, HG in press, 'Renewable and nuclear energy: an international study of students’ beliefs about, and willingness to act, in relation to two energy production scenarios', Research in Science Education.
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Renewable and nuclear energy are two plausible alternatives to fossil fuel-based energy production. This study reports students’ beliefs about the usefulness of these two options in reducing global warming and their willingness to undertake actions that would encourage their uptake. Using a specially designed questionnaire, students’ (n > 12,000; grades 6 to 10) responses were obtained from 11 countries. Links between their beliefs about these energy options and their willingness to act were quantified using a range of novel derived indices: significant differences between beliefs and willingness to act were found across the various counties.