ERIC Number: ED360456
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Environmental Views and Values of Children in an Inner-City Black Community.
Kahn, Peter H., Jr.; Friedman, Batya
The understandings of and interest in the environment of children in an inner-city black community were studied. To investigate their environmental moral reasoning, children's evaluations and supporting justifications were assessed regarding a hypothetical scenario that involved polluting a local waterway. Seventy-two children, 12 males and 12 females from each of 3 grade levels (1, 3, and 5), from a Houston (Texas) elementary school were interviewed. Virtually all were black, and most received the free lunch program. Subjects' general environmental knowledge and attitudes were evaluated, and questions were asked about the hypothetical polluting of a bayou near the school. Results confirm the personal and moral importance that the environment has for these inner-city children. They have talked about environmental issues in their homes and are aware of the problems of pollution. Environmental harm matters to these children, and they view polluting the bayou as a violation of a moral obligation. The constraints of living in the inner-city have not diminished their appreciation for nature. Four tables present student interests and characteristics. Contains 43 references. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Texas Education Agency, Austin.
Authoring Institution: N/A