Environmental problems, causes, and solutions: An open question

Maya Negev*, Yaakov Garb, Roni Biller, Gonen Sagy, Alon Tal

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In a national evaluation of environmental literacy in Israel, (Negev, Sagy, Garb, Salzberg, & Tal, 2008), the authors included both multiple choice questions and open questions. In this article the authors describe the qualitative analysis of the answers to an open question regarding a local environmental problem. Most participants specified solid waste, open spaces, or air pollution as the main issues. The perceived solutions were generally at the governmental level, including planning, infrastructure, legislation, and enforcement. The authors describe relations in these responses between the problems, their causes and solutions, and between the quality of these answers and the general environmental literacy of the participants. The authors end with a discussion of the special contributions and potential of open-ended questions for environmental education research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-115
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Environmental Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2009
Externally publishedYes


FundersFunder number
Arava Institute for Environmental Studies
GM Foundation
Lisa and Maury Friedman Foundation
Brown University


    • Environmental literacy
    • Israeli national survey
    • Open question
    • Qualitative research


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