THE VOCATIONAL UPPER SECONDARY SCHOOLS STUDENTS’ KNOWLEDGE AND THEIR ATTITUDES TOWARD WOLVES

TitleTHE VOCATIONAL UPPER SECONDARY SCHOOLS STUDENTS’ KNOWLEDGE AND THEIR ATTITUDES TOWARD WOLVES
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsOražem, V, Tomažič, I
JournalJournal of Baltic Science Education
Volume17
Issue6
Start Page918-934
PaginationContinuous
Date PublishedDecember/2018
Type of ArticleOriginal article
ISSN1648-3898
Other NumbersE-ISSN 2538-7138
Keywordsattitudes toward wolves, knowledge about wolves, vocational upper secondary school students
Abstract

Wolf (Canis lupus) conservation is multidimensional. Its aspects include the consensus between different interest groups. The present research aimed to assess the attitude and knowledge of the students (N = 483 students from three schools age 14-19) enrolled in the environmentalist, veterinary and agricultural technician study programmes through a questionnaire, as their profession represents a part of this multidimensional consensus. The research results indicate that students have neutral to positive attitudes toward wolves, generally. Their knowledge of wolves, however, is limited. Agricultural technicians showed the most negative attitudes toward wolves and the lowest knowledge. Overall, correlations between all attitudinal dimensions and correlations between attitudinal dimensions and knowledge were found, with the highest correlations between conservation dimension and all other dimensions including knowledge. The research findings support the widespread assumption that education within the above-mentioned study programmes should focus also on the current socio-scientific issues of animal conservation. Special attention should be given to the education of agricultural technicians as their utilitarian view could interfere with the effective conservation of large carnivores.

URLhttp://oaji.net/articles/2017/987-1544775838.pdf
DOI10.33225/jbse/18.17.918
Refereed DesignationRefereed
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