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ERIC Number: EJ1124330
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Dec
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1077-5315
Opportunity to Improve Public Perceptions of Arthropods and Arthropod-Related Benefits
Harris, Bethany A.; Braman, S. Kristine
Journal of Extension, v54 n6 Article 6RIB7 Dec 2016
The general public may not recognize the value of conserving insects and spiders in home landscapes. We surveyed individuals to assess public perceptions of 10 arthropods--nine common insects and one common spider species--and to determine whether arthropod-related attitudes could be altered. Additionally, we collected data on survey respondent gender, age, and level of entomology education and found that level of entomology education was strongly associated with respondents' perceptions about arthropods. Moreover, 60% of respondents were willing to change their attitudes after learning about an arthropod's benefits. By promoting arthropods at outreach events, Extension educators could alter arthropod-related attitudes among the general public.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Georgia
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