Thesis Title

Conservation Knowledge and Attitudes of Missouri Sixth Grade Students: the Missouri Conservation Survey, 1995-1996

Date of Graduation

Summer 1996


Master of Science in Biology



Committee Chair

Janice Greene

Subject Categories



The knowledge and attitudes of students toward conservation issues are important to organizations or agencies that invest time and money into development of educational materials. The Missouri Department of Conservation has developed many educational tools to aid teachers in the integration of conservation topics with their regular curriculum. This study was designed to define baseline information on the conservation knowledge and attitudes of sixth graders across Missouri. Students were administered the Missouri Conservation Survey, in a mark-flex format. The first two years of a six-year study were completed in Spring 1995 and 1996. Factual knowledge scores were relatively low. Conceptual knowledge scores were relatively low with males scoring significantly higher than females on about half of the quesitons. Attitude scores were moderate to high with females scoring significantly higher than males on nine of twelve questions. Males and rural students tended to participate more in consumptive activities, such as hunting and fishing. Females and urban students participated more in nonconsumptive activities, such as reading and attending zoos and museum/nature centers.


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