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ERIC Number: ED170167
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jun
Pages: 114
Abstractor: N/A
The Influence of Knowledge on Young People's Perceptions About Wildlife. Final Project Report to the National Wildlife Federation.
LaHart, David E.
Knowledge about ecological concepts, about wildlife and about endangered and threatened species was measured using over 1,300 eighth graders in Broward County, Florida. Knowledge scores were correlated with attitudes, non-consumptive attitude orientations, demographic characteristics, level of animal activities, and other variables. Study results indicate that knowledge plays a relatively minor role in predicting attitudes. Level of knowledge was significantly related to 16 of 25 attitude items. Associations were weak, indicating that other factors may be more important determinates of attitude. Nonconsumptive users of wildlife greatly outnumber consumptive users and were more knowledgeable. Sex, race, and parental education were the most important demographic predictors of knowledge. Urban, rural, and suburban differences appeared to be significant, but this finding was complicated by a low frequency of rural residents in the population. Parental association with an animal or wildlife-oriented organization was not significantly related to knowledge level. Participation in animal-related activities showed the highest association with knowledge of any of the variables examined. Level of participation was correlated with 18 of 25 attitude items but the correlations were weak. Knowledge level was not associated with the frequency of consumptive activities like hunting and fishing. These were the only animal activities that were not significantly correlated with knowledge. (Author/BB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A