ERIC Number: ED381599
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Environmental Attitudes and Behaviors of American Youth with an Emphasis on Youth from Disadvantaged Areas.
Roper Starch Worldwide Inc.
The National Environmental Education and Training Foundation commissioned a survey on environmental attitudes and behaviors of disadvantaged youth in America to identify the critical gaps in environmental education so that resources can be targeted more effectively. Phase 1 consisted of qualitative research among disadvantaged students through nine focus groups in three cities--New York (New York), Los Angeles (California), and Chicago (Illinois). Phase 2 was a nationwide quantitative survey of 982 students in grades 4 through 12. This phase allowed comparison by gender, grade, and religion. Phase 3 consisted of an in-depth quantitative survey based on 2,139 interviews among students from disadvantaged areas. Findings make it apparent that young people care about the natural environment. Concern about environmental matters exists among students from disadvantaged areas, although it is not a leading concern. A wide set of other concerns weighs heavily on their minds, often shaping their perceptions of environmental issues and problems. Data suggest the importance of the school in environmental education and the need for new opportunities for involvement for disadvantaged youth. Two appendixes discuss the sample and methodology. The questionnaire is included. (SLD)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Attitudes, Behavior Patterns, Disadvantaged Youth, Environment, Environmental Education, Focus Groups, High School Students, High Schools, Qualitative Research, School Role, Social Problems, Student Attitudes, Urban Youth
National Environmental Education and Training Foundation, 915 15th St., N.W., Suite 200, Washington, DC ($25).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Environmental Education and Training Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Roper Starch Worldwide Inc.