Wildlife Knowledge and Attitudes of Public School Teachers

A questionnaire was administered to 312 public school teachers and seniors in education who were taking courses in West Virginia colleges. Attitude toward hunting was listed as strong disapproval (16 percent), mild disapproval (21 percent), undecided (17 percent), mild approval (33 percent), and strong approval (12 percent). Attitudes and knowledge were often related to basic attitude toward hunting, and those who favored hunting usually answered questions correctly in greater numbers than those who disapproved. Chi-square tests of independence were applied to the results. The results indicate there is a lack of knowledge about basic wildlife concepts on the part of the teachers.

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