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Journal of Environmental Accounting and Management
António Mendes Lopes (editor), Jiazhong Zhang(editor)
António Mendes Lopes (editor)

University of Porto, Portugal


Jiazhong Zhang (editor)

School of Energy and Power Engineering, Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an, Shaanxi Province 710049, China

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The Prevalence of Students and Teachers’ Ideas about Global Warming and the Use of Renewable Energy Technology

Journal of Environmental Accounting and Management 8(3) (2020) 243--256 | DOI:10.5890/JEAM.2020.09.003

Lukman Abdul Rauf Laliyo$^{1}$, Fenty U. Puluhulawa$^{2}$, Sunarty Eraku$^{3}$, Yuszda K. Salimi$^{1}$

$^{1}$ Department of Chemistry, Universitas Negeri Gorontalo, Indonesia

$^{2}$ Department of Law, Universitas Negeri Gorontalo, Indonesia

$^{3}$ Department of Geography, Universitas Negeri Gorontalo, Indonesia

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This study aims to explore the prevalence of students’ and teachers’ ideas about global warming and the use of renewable energy technology in Gorontalo, Indonesia. Employing a non-experimental quantitative approach, the data were collected from 1522 respondents and analyzed with the WINSTEPS 3.73 Rasch software. This study reports that 97.6% and 76.08% of the respondents respectively understand the concepts of global warming and renewable energy from the internet (45%) and formal education (<40%). Respondents’ level/status of education, gender, and hometown cause some differences in their ideas prevalence. High school students consider that utilizing renewable energy is not crucial; they also do not concern about global warming effects and the environment. Teachers and university students do not believe that using renewable energy can produce sustainable energy; they also question the safety of renewable energy technology. These findings indicate the needs for a renewable energy literacy program in formal education in Indonesia.


This research was partially funded by the Directorate of Research and Community Service of Directorate General of Research and Development Strengthening of Ministry of Research, Technology, and Higher Education of the Republic of Indonesia, and USAID through the SHERA program – Centre for Development of Sustainable Region (CDSR). In 2017-2019, CDSR is led by Centre for Energy Studies – Gadjah Mada University.


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