ERIC Number: EJ1218237
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Abstractor: As Provided
Reliability of the New Environmental Paradigm for Analysing the Environmental Attitudes of Senegalese Pupils in the Context of Conservation Education Projects
Grúnová, M.; Sané, M.; Cincera, Jan; Kroufek, Roman; Hejcmanová, P.
Environmental Education Research, v25 n2 p211-221 2019
The New Environmental Paradigm scale for children was developed and validated in Western nations but has seldom been applied in non-western countries. The aim of the current study is to examine the scale's validity for schoolchildren in Senegal. The study was conducted in three regions of Senegal in November and December 2015, and a total 782 schoolchildren with an average age of 13 years participated. We used Cronbach's alpha and confirmatory factor analysis to assess the consistency of the scale. The principal component analysis was used to reveal the different potential dimensions of our data-set. Given the low internal consistency of the scale and the unexpected responses to certain items, the scale seems to be rather unreliable for the investigated population. This difference could be caused by specific cultural features encompassing strong religious beliefs, different understandings of the place of humankind in nature, and weak awareness of humans' impact on the natural world.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Test Validity, Student Attitudes, Environmental Education, Conservation (Environment), Cultural Relevance, Sustainability, Rural Schools, Urban Schools, Gender Differences, Rural Urban Differences, Socioeconomic Status, Religious Factors, Cultural Influences
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Senegal
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: New Environmental Paradigm