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					  A STUDY ON THE ENVIRONMENTAL COGNITION, ATTITUDE
   AND BEHAVIORAL INTENTION OF SECONDARY SCIENCE
                                  TEACHERS
                           IN CENTRAL TAIWAN


                       Supervisor: Professor Dr. Yu-Jen Su

                         Research Student: Ming-Ho Lee



                                  ABSTRACT


          This study was conducted to explore the environmental cognition,
attitude and behavior intentions of secondary science teachers in central
Taiwan.    A reliable and validated assessment instrument, composed of
three separate dimensions, was administered, collected and sorted out by
mailed questionnaires to six hundred and two secondary science teachers
randomly sampled out of one hundred and fifteen secondary schools in
central Taiwan.
       When data collected from the survey was subject to statistical
analysis, the main findings from the results demonstrate that:
(a) On the whole, secondary science teachers in Taiwan have fair
   cognitive      understanding    of    environmental       knowledge.   The
   performances of different kinds of secondary science teachers were
   ranked as the following order:
   Senior highschool teachers > Junior highschool teachers > Vocational
   highschool teachers.
(b)As regards the environmental attitude, secondary science teachers have
   been strongly positive. The results showed that junior highschool
   teachers have most positive environmental attitude, however, the
  senior highschool teachers have least positive attitude.
(c) The secondary science teachers, who had participated in workshops,
  environmental      protection     movement      groups      or   environmental
  education courses, had better performance in either cognitive or
  attitude domains.
(d)Female secondary science teachers demonstrated better cognitive
  performance in environmental education knowledge, and they also
  tended to have more positive attitudes towards the environment.
(e) More than half of the subject teachers was able to comprehend key
  concepts of the sustainable education, and applied those ideas in
  educating their students.
(f) The inter-correlational analysis showed that environmental behavior
  intention is not significantly correlated with environmental knowledge,
  but   is     significantly     correlated   with   environmental      attitude.
  Environmental       attitude     is   not   significantly    correlated   with
  environmental knowledge either.
        It is suggested more environmental behavior studies be carried
out further in order to establish a sound theoretical model of “Taiwanese
responsible environmental behavior”.




Keywords: Environmental education, Environmental cognition,
             Environmental attitude, Environmental behavioral intention,
             Sustainable development

				
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