Measurement of Environmental Knowledge and Interest of Rural Students (Case Study: Torghabeh and Shandiz District)

Document Type : Research Paper


1 PhD., Department of Environmental Education, Management & Planning, Faculty of Environment, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran.

2 Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Education, Management & Planning, Faculty of Environment, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran.

3 Assistant Professor, Department of ???, Faculty of Natural Resources, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad, Iran.

4 BSc., Department of ???, Faculty of Natural Resources, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad, Iran.


Three main components to measure the effectiveness of environmental education are knowledge, interest and behavior. Environmental knowledge and interest are known as affecting factors on environmental behaviors and actions. So, the measurement of environmental knowledge and interests are the tools that could be helpful for analyzing the consistent behavior with the nature. Nowadays, environmental concepts are tried to put in the memory of the audience using modified elementary school textbooks. Therefore, the need for performance measurement of this issue is considered to do with this research. This research investigates the knowledge and the interest of Torghabeh and Shandiz elementary students. This research was conducted by the descriptive, analytical method and questionnaire was used as the ideal data collection technique. In this study, six girls’ schools were selected by cluster sampling which included 100 elementary schools. The results indicate that independent variables of parents' education and students' educational level bear no relation to dependent variables of students' environmental knowledge and awareness. Independent variables of parents' level of education, students' education and access to the green space bear no relation to the dependent variable of their compatible toward nature. There is a significant relationship between the independent variable, environmental knowledge, and the dependent variables, interest and environmentally friendly interest.


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