Gifted Students' Attitudes Toward Endangerment: Some Observations

One hundred and seventeen solutions to endangered species problems were presented by gifted students participating in the Georgia Future Problem Solving Bowl, a competition which encourages students to develop solutions to problems they will encounter in the future. The Nongame/ Endangered Wildlife Staff subjectively evaluated the students' attiutdes on endangerment based on their responses to Bowl questions. Solution responses overemphasized the impact of hunting on endangerment while demonstrating little knowledge of the impact of habitat degradation. Attitudes expressed by students strongly suggest serious deficiencies in wildlife education in Georgia schools. A well-developed endangered wildlife educational program in schools would help students assume their future role as land stewards. If wildlife is to remain an important part of the environment, wildlife professionals must ensure that Georgians understand the conservation of our natural resources.

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