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ERIC Number: EJ910012
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0303-8300
Knowledge, Attitudes and Behaviours. Concerning Education for Sustainable Development: Two Exploratory Studies
Michalos, Alex C.; Creech, Heather; McDonald, Christina; Kahlke, P. Maurine Hatch
Social Indicators Research, v100 n3 p391-413 Feb 2011
Celebrating the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014), this paper presents results of two exploratory surveys taken in the province of Manitoba, Canada in January to March 2008. A random sample of 506 adults completed a mailed out questionnaire designed to measure respondents' knowledge, attitudes and behaviours concerning the basic themes of the UN Decade. In the same period, a convenience sample of 294 students in grades 6-12 in four schools was surveyed based on a simplified version of the same questionnaire. Using these two datasets, we constructed somewhat crude standardized tests and showed that for students and adults, having attitudes favourable to ESD/SD is relatively more influential than age, levels of education and knowledge for behaviours favourable to ESD/SD. The differences are that (1) gender was most influential for the student samples, while favourable attitudes were most influential for the adult samples; and (2) while attitudes were practically equally influential to knowledge (though numerically more influential) for the student sample, attitudes were vastly more influential than education for the adult samples.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada