Assessing primary school pupils’ knowledge of and behaviour concerning waste management


  • Iztok Tomažič
  • Tatjana Vidic



pro-environmental action, waste management, waste, compulsory education


Topics involving waste management and other environmental issues are scarce in Slovenian curricula, and mainly covered during the first and second cycles of the nine-year compulsory school (pupils aged 6–12) (Učni načrt: program osnovnošolskega izobraževanja, 1998). In the present study we investigated how well pupils in Slovenia aged 10–15 (second and third cycles of the compulsory school) have developed their competences for sound waste management behaviour. We found that they seldom act in accordance with the recommendations for waste treatment and disposal that they learn in school. We also found that third cycle pupils (8th and 9th grade, i.e. aged 13–15) are less willing to take pro-environmental action. Hence these pupils should be engaged in a learning process through which they would improve their knowledge about waste management, and become more willing to take pro-environmental action. In order to facilitate a change in pupils’ behaviour and raise their environmental awareness, we propose that environmental education should be an integral part of the curriculum throughout all three cycles of compulsory education.


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Tomažič, I., & Vidic, T. (2011). Assessing primary school pupils’ knowledge of and behaviour concerning waste management . Acta Biologica Slovenica, 54(1), 77-90.

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