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Attitudes to animal dilemmas: an exploratory comparison between Mexican and English children

Barraza, Laura 2015, Attitudes to animal dilemmas: an exploratory comparison between Mexican and English children, International electronic journal of environmental education, vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 40-61, doi: 10.18497/iejee-green.64245.

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Title Attitudes to animal dilemmas: an exploratory comparison between Mexican and English children
Author(s) Barraza, Laura
Journal name International electronic journal of environmental education
Volume number 5
Issue number 2
Start page 40
End page 61
Total pages 22
Publisher International Electronic Journal of Environmental Education
Place of publication [Istanbul, Turkey]
Publication date 2015-06
ISSN 2146-0329
Keyword(s) attitudes
biophilia
children
animals
ecological dilemmas
Summary This research explores some of the factors that influence the relations about empathy and /or rejection that children establish towards some animal species. The role that school has within the social context in these dynamics was considered. Attitudes of young children (aged 7 to 9) from Mexico and England towards specific animal species, examining attitudinal differences not only between cultures, and educational systems, but between species have been compared. Ecological dilemmas involving animals are used as a method to analyse children’s constructions of the environment in the field of moral development and conservation. Children expressed more negative attitudes towards spiders and snakes, than towards monkeys and birds. Although these attitudes in themselves are not surprising, the material in this study provides new information on how young children construct their moral ideas on conservation matters through the used of ecological dilemmas. Children’s reactions vary according to culture, experience, affiliation for a particular animal and school ethos.
Language eng
DOI 10.18497/iejee-green.64245
Field of Research 130307 Ethnic Education (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Maori and Pacific Peoples)
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, International Electronic Journal of Environmental Education
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30079926

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Education
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