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Interest in birds and its relationship with attitudes and myths: A cross-cultural study in countries with different levels of economic development
Educational Sciences: Theory and Practice (2015)
  • Eberhard Hummel, University of Education Heidelberg, Germany
  • Murat Ozel, Department of Science Education, Nigde University, Turkey
  • William Medina-Jerez, Univerisity of Texas at El Paso
  • Jana Fancovicová, Department of Biology, Faculty of Education, Trnava University, Slovakia
  • Muhammet Usak, Department of Science Education, Faculty of Education, Gazi University,Turkey
  • Pavol Prokop, Faculty of Education, Trnava University & Institute of Zoology, Slovak
  • Christoph Randler, University of Education Heidelberg, Germany
Abstract
Birds are one of the most important species that can help protect biodiversity. Although birds are important
beings for biodiversity and human existence, there is a relatively less quantity of research that has investigated
the interest in and attitudes toward birds. This study aims to investigate the knowledge level of and attitudes
toward birds among students in countries at different levels of economic development. To collect the data, a
Bird Knowledge Questionnaire and a Bird Attitude Questionnaire were developed and used by the researchers
in this study. These questionnaires were administered to a total of 852 students from different countries,
including Colombia, Germany, Slovakia, and Turkey. The results obtained in this study showed that Colombian
students had the highest interest in birds as compared to students in Slovakia, Turkey, and Germany. Girls
had consistently higher interest in birds than boys in all countries, but there were no gender differences in the
cognitive domain. Our research suggests that factual knowledge about birds is not a necessary prerequisite for
interest in birds, but animal-related activities show strong associations with an interest in birds.
Keywords
  • Attitudes,
  • Birds,
  • Cross-Cultural Studies,
  • Myths,
  • Science Education
Disciplines
Publication Date
Spring February 1, 2015
DOI
10.12738/estp.2015.1.2242
Citation Information
Hummel, E., Ozel, M., Medina-Jerez, W., Fančovičová, J., Usak, M., Prokop, P., & Randler, C. (2015). Interest in birds and its relationship with attitude and myths: A cross-cultural study in countries with different levels of economic development. Educational Sciences: Theory and Practice, 15(1): 285-296.