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ERIC Number: EJ1114020
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0095-8964
Changing Attitudes and Emotions toward Coyotes with Experiential Education
Sponarski, Carly C.; Vaske, Jerry J.; Bath, Alistair J.; Loeffler, TA
Journal of Environmental Education, v47 n4 p296-306 2016
An experiential education program was designed to target risk perceptions and preventative measures that make people feel comfortable in human-coyote interactions. The research was conducted in a Canadian national park where a coyote caused a human fatality in 2009. Based on previous research, we explored the effects of an experience-based coyote education program on people's (a) attitudes toward, (b) fear of, (c) likelihood of, and (d) control over coming into contact with coyotes. A pre-post-test experiment (n = 150; 96% completion rate) was conducted. The experiential education approach to wildlife safety and coexistence communication had a significant positive effect on people's attitudes, significantly decreased their sense of fear toward coyotes, significantly decreased their sense of likelihood, and increased their sense of control in human-coyote interactions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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