GOOD PREDATORS IN BAD STORIES: CROSS-CULTURAL COMPARISON OF CHILDREN’S ATTITUDES TOWARDS WOLVES

TitleGOOD PREDATORS IN BAD STORIES: CROSS-CULTURAL COMPARISON OF CHILDREN’S ATTITUDES TOWARDS WOLVES
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsProkop, P, Usak, M, Erdogan, M
JournalJournal of Baltic Science Education
Volume10
Issue4
Start Page229-242
Date PublishedDecember/2011
Type of ArticleOriginal article
ISSN1648-3898
Other NumbersICID: 972561
Keywordsanimals, children, predators
Abstract

In this study 103 children (aged 7 – 12 years) from two distinct countries with relatively low (Slovakia) and high (Turkey) wolf population density were interviewed to examine children's overall interest in wolves, their knowledge of wolves, the effects of their keeping pets and their reading stories about wolves. Children in both countries showed considerable factual knowledge about wolves, but the importance of wolves in nature was poorly understood. Perceptions of wolves in stories were generally negative and there was a significant effect from stories which generated fear and sympathy towards wolves suggesting that stories may have a significant impact on children's emotions. Turkish children reported their experience with less drastic stories about wolves and their interest in wolves was significantly higher and their fear of wolves was conversely lower, compared to the reactions of Slovakian children. The more the students were engaged in nature related activities, e.g. watching natural history films and walking in areas of nature, the less they demonstrated fear of wolves.

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Refereed DesignationRefereed