Due to acceleration in environmental problems, the importance attached to environmental education is increasing. For an effective environmental education to be provided, students’ opinions about environmental problems should be revealed starting from early ages and these opinions may play an important role in the shaping of the future instructional process to be followed. In this regard, the purpose of this qualitative study employing an integrated single case design is to determine the fifth grade students’ opinions about environmental problems. Within the context of the study, the opinions of 17 fifth graders attending a village school of the city of Aksaray were collected by means of interviews. During the interviews, the students were asked to state their opinions about the environmental problems in the village, the country and the world in which they are living. In the analysis of the collected data, the content analysis method was employed. The results of the analysis showed that the students conceive the environmental problems mostly at the local level and their opinions are gathered around problems that can be observed in their close environments such as air, water and land pollution. The findings of the current study are believed to offer guidance for novice teachers working especially in village schools in the planning of an effective environmental education.
Environment, environmental education, environmental problems, village school, 5th grade