Knowledge and attitudes regarding sea turtles in elementary students on zakynthos, greece

  • Dimopoulos D
  • Pantis J
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The authors constructed a 32-item survey instrument to measure knowledge and aspects of attitudes (issue understanding and concern, locus of control, and verbal commitment) regarding sea turtle conservation on Zakynthos, Greece. It was completed by 332 5th and 6th grade students from 21 classes in 3 geographic settings. The results indicate low knowledge scores, but high score levels for attitudes. Knowledge, understanding and/or concern, and locus of control significantly correlated with grade level. Overall, a significant positive correlation between knowledge and attitudes was demonstrated. The findings of the study may be useful in designing environmental education programs to promote sea turtle conservation

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  • Attitudes
  • Endangered species
  • Greece
  • Knowledge
  • Protected area

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  • Dimitrios I. Dimopoulos

  • John D. Pantis

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