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Children's Environmental Attitudes & Social Knowledge Scale (CHEAKS)

Supplemental Information:

Assessment Type:

36 5-point-scale items (addressing attitude) & 30 multiple-choice questions (addressing knowledge)

Scale:

5-point scale (for attitude questions)

Publication Date:

Nov 07, 2008

Respondent:

Initial study (grades 6-7) Subsequent studies (grade 8)

Domain(s) Evaluated:

Engagement, Attitude, Content

Sample items:

Attitude statement:
I have asked my family to recycle some of the things we use.

Knowledge statement:
Ecology is the study of the relationship between:
a) different species of animals
b) plants and the atmosphere
c) organisms and their environments
d) man and other animals
e) man and the environment

Reliability:

Cronbach's Alpha: 0.88-0.90 test-retest: 0.57-0.72

Validity:

present & acceptable

Frequency:

sometimes

Administration time:

25 minutes

Requires a Computer:

No

Requires Internet Access:

No

Primary reference:

Leeming, F.C. & Dwyer, W.O. (1995). Children's environmental attitude and knowledge scale: Construction and validation. Journal of Environmental Education, 26(3), 22-32.

Comments:

Initial study conducted in US. Subsequent studies conducted in Ireland and Turkey.

Other References:
Erdogan, M. & Marcinkowski, T. (2015). Development and Validation of Children’s Environmental Affect (Attitude, Sensitivity and Willingness to take action) Scale. Eurasia Journal of Mathematics, Science & Technology Education, 11(3) 577-588.
This study was evaluating a CEAS (Children’s Environmental Affect Scale) suggesting that it was a more suitable and viable survey than CHEAKS. This was because the development was needed to close the gap that currently exist for assessing environmental literacy. CHEAKS is seen to only measures environmental knowledge and environmental attitudes. Other components are not assessed by CHEAKS suggesting CEAS is the broader tool, possibility to use CEAS in conjunction with CHEAKS.

Zafeiroudi, A. & Hatzigeorgiadis, A (2013). Environmental Responsibility Scales in Secondary School Students: Beliefs and Perceived Information. ICERI2013 Proceedings, 6219-6226.
The study developed and test the integrity of three scales that assess environmental responsibility, in a secondary school setting. Development of scales based on CHEAKS, 234 secondary students were assessed using this scale, the new survey had a Cronbach’s alpha equalling 0.88 Possible new tool – ACCET –Jones (2003)

STEM Criteria

Science

No

Technology

No

Engineering

No

Math

No
Contact

Frank C. Leeming
Email
901.678.2260
William O. Dwyer
Email
901.678.2149