Study

Conservation awareness through an environmental education programme in the Atlantic forest in Brazil

  • Published source details Padua C.V. (1994) Conservation awareness through an environmental education programme in the Atlantic forest in Brazil. Environmental Conservation, 21, 145-151

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Action Category

Implement multimedia campaigns using theatre, film, print media, discussions

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Primate Conservation
  1. Implement multimedia campaigns using theatre, film, print media, discussions

    A controlled, before-and-after-trial in 1988-1994 in subtropical forest at Morro do Diabo State Park, São Paulo, Brazil found that an environmental education programme led to an improvement in student attitudes towards- and knowledge about black lion tamarin Leontopithecus chrysopygus. The average student test score increased from 74% before treatment to 92% after treatment. Control groups that were not exposed to the programme scored 73% before and 76% after treatment. From a total of 144 students aged 10-14 years, 70 were assigned to experimental- and 74 to control groups. Experimental groups were given a slide show about the park, its value, ecological concepts and how to identify plant and animal species. They were then taken on a guided visit to the state park. The attitudes and knowledge of both groups were measured before, directly after and one month after the experimental groups’ visit to the park. Changes in knowledge of ecological concepts and attitude towards nature were measured using questionnaires. No data were provided on the impact of the education campaign on the species’ conservation.

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