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An investigation into nature conservation attitudes of secondary school pupils in Kwazulu

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dc.contributor.author Msimango GN en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-22T09:17:31Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-22T09:17:31Z
dc.date.submitted 1989 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/53762
dc.description.abstract Nature conservation research in South Africa has largely focused on Whites. For a long time Black population groups have been ignored. This study is an attempt to begin to redress the omissions in existing knowledge and analysis. Indeed the study of nature conservation attitudes conducted by Irwin (1982) among White adolescents in Natal serves to highlight the need to investigate nature conservation efforts in the Natal/KwaZulu region as they affect Black residents. This project was aimed at ascertaining the attitudes of secondary school pupils in KwaZulu towards nature conservation, as well as providing a comparative basis to enable future investigators to study the progress and development of nature conservation attitudes among secondary school pupils in this region. The measurements would thus serve to inform educators and conservationists concerning attitudes held by KwaZulu pupils toward natural resources. A test derived from Pohorille (1985) was modified for use in this investigation of nature conservation attitudes. The test provides sets of statements that fall into the cognitive, conative and emotional domains of attitude. The sample group included pupils who were at the beginning and at the end of their secondary school phase in 1986. Three hundred respondents were sampled. Data were gathered by making use of a questionnaire and a case study. The analysis of questionnaire results was performed on an ICL 2900 Computer employing the run on Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SP85). Chi-square tests were carried out on cross-tabulations of biographic variables against all questions of attitude measurement. Recorded interviews were transcribed and the views expressed by pupils summarised. As far as was possible, relationships between questionnaire results and recorded interview findings were established. On the whole the study revealed that Black secondary school pupils possess positive inclinations towards nature conservation. However, poor performance on statements requiring conceptual knowledge of ecological principles are registered, although senior pupils performed better than junior pupils. Though standard ten respondents scored better in terms of factual and conceptual knowledge, their commitment to action was relatively poorer than that of standard six pupils. Recommendations for action and research are made, to: 1. Probe further into the attitudes of secondary school pupils. 2. Conduct research which will compare conservation attitudes of White and Black pupils with a view to co-ordinate conservation efforts in the region. 3. Initiate an exhaustive study of topics such as the relationships between environmental knowledge and attitudes. en
dc.language English en
dc.subject Environmental sciences and Ecology en
dc.subject Nature conservation en
dc.title An investigation into nature conservation attitudes of secondary school pupils in Kwazulu en
dc.type Masters degree en
dc.description.degree MA en

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