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ERIC Number: ED262955
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
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Attitudes of Canadian Students and Teachers toward the Marine Environment and Marine Education.
Walter, Heather; Lien, Jon
This document reports the results of a Canadian survey that questioned approximately 4,000 students and 200 teachers on marine related topics. The student population consisted of children from the fifth through ninth grades. Their questionnaire included items on: (1) attitudes toward the ocean, wildlife, and marine resource issues; (2) orientation toward marine management concepts; (3) knowledge about the marine enironment and human impact on the oceans; and (4) personal experiences with the ocean, either direct or indirect. The accompanying teacher questionnaire requested information on students' geographic and economic setting. Teachers were also questioned about their views on marine and aquatic education in their schools. Student responses indicated that knowledge levels were surprisingly low. Replies to attitudinal items reflected a utilitarian orientation towards the ocean by coastal students. Many identified the school as the most important source of information about the marine environment. However, the students with the highest knowledge scores reported that they learned most about oceans from television and direct experiences with the sea. Teachers responded positively to the need for more marine education in the schools (89 percent) and 99 percent indicated that their students find the ocean interesting. Data results are graphically presented. (ML)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada