Environmental issues in the media: students' perceptions in the three Nordic-Baltic countries

Tuula Keinonen, Eija Yli-Panula, Maria Svens, Rytis Vilkonis, Christel Persson, Irmeli Palmberg

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The media, as a source of information, is supposed to have a significant role in effecting people's environmental knowledge and attitudes. The purpose of this study was to find students' perceptions of environmental issues as presented in the media and how students in Finland, Lithuania and Sweden used these media sources in the matters related to environmental issues. The most important source of environmental knowledge was found to be the Internet, followed by newspapers, television, school and education. In their own lives, students discussed environmental issues every day and, to some extent, in social media, discussion forums and blogs. In Finland, newspapers represented the most important source of environmental knowledge; in Lithuania, environmental organisations were the most prevalent, and, in Sweden, it was in a school or educational context. Based on these results, it was concluded that, in order to reach both genders of students in different countries and to more greatly benefit from all sources of information, a variety of media should be used in education for sustainability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)32-53
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Teacher Education for Sustainability
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Swedish Standard Keywords

  • Didactics (50302)
  • Media Studies (50801)


  • educational use of media
  • environmental issues
  • higher education
  • sources of environmental knowledge


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