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Sustainable development facts questionnaire (SDFQ)

Based on the factual information available in the game the Sustainable development facts questionnaire (SDFQ) was created as a pre- post-test of the children knowledge of sustainability before and after using the application. The SDFQ (see below) was pilot tested with 48 children between grades 4 and 5.

 

  1. Which factors need to cooperate to create a sustainable city?
Place a cross in front of the correct answer (only one answer is correct)

________ Economical and social factors

________ Economical, social, and environmental factors

________ Environmental and social factors

________ Economical, environmental and technological factors

 

  1. How is a city’s sustainability affected by energy generation? Circle Right or Wrong for each of the propositions below:

Right/Wrong – Power plants have environmental costs because they affect the environment

Right/Wrong – Different energy sources all have the same influence on a city’s economy

Right/Wrong – Power plants cost too much and are therefore not part of a sustainable city

  1. A small coal power plant: Place a cross in front of the correct answer (only one answer is correct)

________ Uses water power to create a stabile energy stream

________ Uses the sun and creates a lot of energy

________ Produces electricity by burning coal. It is small, cheap,  and influences the 
environment negatively

________ Does not affect the air quality but has to store uranium

  1. Circle Right or Wrong for each of the propositions below:

Right/Wrong – Policies only have a positive effect on the environment

Right/Wrong – Policies do not cost anything

Right/Wrong – It is smart to introduce policies when one is planning a city

Right/Wrong – Policies can affect a city’s economy negatively

  1. Indicate which policies can help to decrease the use of non-renewable resources (such as oil). Circle Right or Wrong for each of the propositions below:

Right/Wrong – CO2 taxes

Right/Wrong – Electric car grid

Right/Wrong – Energy education programs

Right/Wrong – Ecotourism program

Right/Wrong – Fund for sustainable technology

 

  1. Order the following power plants according to their influence on the environment. Use 1, 2, 3 and 4 (each number once). 1 is least influence, 4 most:

________ Small coal power plant

________ Water power plants

________ Nuclear power plant

________ Windmills

 

  1. Which investments can help to decrease the use of non-renewable resources, such as oil? Place a cross in front of all correct answers (there can be more than one)

________ Recycling stations

________ Solar roofs

________ Better isolation

________ Metro station

________ Better uranium storage

  1. Improving the economy by building e.g. commercial constructions influences: Place a cross in front of the best answer (only one answer is correct)

________ The economy improves but it is bad for the environment, and for the use of renewable and non-renewable forms of energy.

________ The economy improves but the use of non-renewable energy increases.

________ The economy improves but it is bad for the environment.

________ The economy improves but it is bad for people’s wellbeing, the environment, and 
the use of non-renewable forms of energy.

 

  1. Public services, such as hospitals, police, and fire departments can improve people’s wellbeing if: Place a cross in front of all correct answers (there can be more than one)

________ They are built close to residential areas so that many people have access to them.

________ They are constructed near forests to balance the distribution of  constructions in a city.

________ These services have costs in terms of energy and oil, so they should not be part of a sustainable city.

 

  1. By changing some behaviors, citizens can directly influence the city sustainability. Circle Right or Wrong for each of the behaviors below:

Right/Wrong – Buy organic/biologically grown food

Right/Wrong – Use public transport

Right/Wrong – Eat vegetarian food

The pre-test and post-test versions of the questionnaire contain the following questions from those listed above:

Pre-test Post-test
1 3
2a,b,c 4b, 4c
4a,d 5a,b,c,d,e
6 8
7a,b,c,d,e 10a,b,c

 

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