Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2007

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Natural Resource Ecology and Management

First Advisor

James L. Pease

Abstract

The role of environmental education has received enough attention with applied environmental literacy research completed at the level of elementary and secondary schools curricula, as well as assessments on adults' environmental literacy at state, national, and even international levels. However, few studies have focused on university-level assessments as means for increasing people's environmental knowledge. The reported research examines the levels of environmental knowledge and attitudes of Iowa State University (ISU) undergraduate and graduate students registered for the 2007 spring semester. A new survey instrument was developed specifically for this study, accounting for local (Midwestern) and global environmental issues. Students were found to have a "moderate" level of environmental literacy. The results suggested correlations between environmental knowledge and attitudes and students' demographic characteristics such as age, gender, college, student status, childhood environment, and outdoor activities practiced as a child.

Publisher

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/

Copyright Owner

Susan Roberta Mello O'Brien

Language

en

Proquest ID

AAI1446054

OCLC Number

181099493

ISBN

9780549142003

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

120 pages