ERIC Number: EJ707588
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jun-22
Reference Count: 28
Children's Perceptions of Brazilian Cerrado Landscapes and Biodiversity
Bizerril, Marcelo X. A.
Journal of Environmental Education, v35 n4 p47 Sum 2004
In this study, the author evaluated Brazilian students' environmental perceptions of Cerrado (savanna-like vegetation). The author administered tests of knowledge and perception of the Cerrado biome's wildlife to students of different social classes. The students (age range: 11-17 years) generally exhibited low identification with the region, and few differences were observed among the appraised groups. Students who had more contact with the region's natural landscapes showed greater affection for it. The results are discussed in context of the focus on the Cerrado in schools and in textbooks and of the students' perceptions of the region. The author also discusses the role of schools in efforts to conserve the Cerrado.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Textbooks, Student Attitudes, Biodiversity, Environmental Education, School Role, Conservation (Environment), Knowledge Level, Social Class
Heldref Publications, Helen Dwight Reid Educational Foundation, 1319 Eighteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036-1802. Web site: http://www.heldref.org.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Brazil