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ERIC Number: EJ797142
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 18
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-0095-8964
Evaluating the Environmental Literacy of Israeli Elementary and High School Students
Negev, Maya; Sagy, Gonen; Garb, Yaakov; Salzberg, Alan; Tal, Alon
Journal of Environmental Education, v39 n2 p3-20 Win 2008
The authors conducted a national survey of 6th- and 12th-grade students in Israel to evaluate their environmental literacy, including the dimensions of environmental knowledge, attitudes, and behavior. In this article, the authors present the results of the survey, the correlations between these different dimensions, and their associations with demographic and experiential data. The authors did not find a significant correlation between knowledge and behavior. Ethnic and socioeconomic characteristics were moderately associated with environmental literacy, whereas the presence of an adult who mediated children's relation to nature was strongly related to environmental attitudes and behavior and weakly related to knowledge. The results suggest that the intended objectives of environmental education in Israel have not been achieved. The authors call for additional research to identify ways to improve environmental education in the Israeli public schools. (Contains 7 tables, 6 figures, and 9 notes.) [Research supported by the Lisa and Maury Friedman Foundation, the GM Foundation, and Brown University's Middle East Environmental Futures project.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 12; Grade 6; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Israel