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ERIC Number: EJ811966
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
ISSN: ISSN-0095-8964
Students' Perceptions of a Highly Controversial yet Keystone Species, the Black-Tailed Prairie Dog: A Case Study
Fox-Parrish, Lynne; Jurin, Richard R.
Journal of Environmental Education, v39 n4 p3-14 Sum 2008
The authors used a case-study methodology to explore the perceptions of 30 9th-grade biology students relative to black-tailed prairie dogs. The case study, which involved classroom- and field-based experiences that focused on black-tailed prairie dogs, revealed 3 major themes: apathy, egocentrism, and naive conceptions. The authors had hoped that these experiences would promote a change in attitude and understanding among the participants relative to black-tailed prairie dogs. Given the findings of this study and the current literature, the authors provide suggestions for educators attempting to promote change in attitude toward target species of wildlife. (Contains 2 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 9; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A