ERIC Number: EJ1057685
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 53
Understanding Residents' Environmental Knowledge in a Metropolitan City of Hong Kong, China
Cheung, Lewis T. O.; Fok, Lincoln; Tsang, Eric P. K.; Fang, Wei; Tsang, H. Y.
Environmental Education Research, v21 n4 p507-524 2015
This study aimed to understand the environmental knowledge (EK) of the residents of Hong Kong. A territory-wide survey was administered to investigate the subjective and objective EK of the respondents as well as their means of receiving information about the environment. The results indicated that Hong Kong's residents have a comparatively low level of EK, with a mean environmental knowledge score of 3.35 out of 8. The youngster (15-24?years old), students, and employed individuals reported more extensive EK than the older and unemployed respondents, thus suggesting that the younger generation and employed individuals have increased opportunities to receive EK through various channels. A weak positive correlation was identified between subjective and objective EK, thus implying that the residents of Hong Kong could not accurately evaluate their own level of EK. The results indicate that traditional media plays a significant role in disseminating EK. Digital media, such as websites and digital social networks, were also determined to be influencing factors in disseminating environmental messages to the younger generation.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Environment, Knowledge Level, Surveys, Access to Information, Age Differences, Adolescents, Young Adults, Students, Older Adults, Unemployment, Employment Level, Correlation, Mass Media Effects, Web Sites, Social Networks, Public Opinion, Questionnaires, Misconceptions, Statistical Analysis, Social Problems, Multiple Choice Tests, Pollution, Recycling, Conservation (Environment), Sanitation, Hazardous Materials, Educational Attainment, Gender Differences, Salaries, Income
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong