ERIC Number: ED254406
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
Environmental Knowledge and Commitment of Selected University Students.
Rose, Elsie G.; Card, Jaclyn A.
Junior and senior students (N=175) majoring in elementary education, recreation, and forestry were given an ecological attitude inventory which measured: (1) level of environmental knowledge; (2) verbal, actual, and emotional commitment to the environment; and (3) the degree to which they spoke, behaved, and felt positively toward the environment. Results indicate that participants have limited knowledge about the environment. In addition, their degree of verbal, actual, and emotional commitment to the environment is low; the respondents either do not care, have not learned, or have not been exposed to an adequate amount of environmental knowledge or to a sense of commitment. While not scoring significantly higher, forestry majors did score enough higher to suggest that their more science-based academic requirements increase their knowledge and therefore their environmental commitment. Findings (such as environmental knowledge being the strongest predictor of actual commitment to the environment) are consistent with those of other studies. Based on the low scores of participants, it is recommended that greater emphasis be placed on environmental education at all educational levels and that elementary education, recreation, and forestry majors have more required course work in ecology and environmental studies. (JN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers: Environmental Attitudes; Environmental Education Research