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ERIC Number: ED080350
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Pages: 208
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A Survey of Environmental Knowledge and Attitudes of Tenth and Twelfth Grade Students From Five Great Lakes and Six Far Western States.
Perkes, Albert Cordell
The purpose of this study was to acquire baseline data about students' environmental knowledge and attitudes and to study the relationships of attitudes and knowledge to variables that would be of interest in evaluative measures. Three forms of an inventory were developed to test knowledge of specific facts and general concepts of the environment, as well as attitudes about certain aspects of the environment. The inventories were administered to 10,264 students in 199 schoolslocated in 11 states of the mid-west and far-west. Results indicated that males scored significantly higher than females on items requiring knowledge of facts, but not on items dealing with general environmental concepts. Twelfth grade students scored significantly higher than tenth grade students on the environmental concept items, but not on the items requiring knowledge of environmental facts. In regard to attitudes, differences were found based on sex and grade level. The size of the community and the state of residence were found to be positively related to what was considered to be the major environmental concern in the community. Californian respondents selected air pollution, those in Wisconsin were more concerned with water pollution, and in Hawaii land use was considered to be of greatest importance. (JR)
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, Ohio State University