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High school student attitudes toward natural resource utilization: A preview of our future policy makers

21 January 1990


A Likert scale opinion survey was constructed using statements representing opposing viewpoints of natural resource management. The survey was distributed to five Oregon high school biology teachers and one university professor, who administered the survey to their students during fall semester, 1990. Results indicated that overall, students held a moderate conservation bias. There was a greater difference between schools with regard to individual statements than was reflected in subscale means for forestry, freshwater, marine biology, or wildlife. The survey may be useful to high school teachers in learning the interests and exposure of their students to environmental issues before beginning a unit on ecology or natural resources. It was recommended that the survey be shortened by two statements in each of the four subscales.


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