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Students’ Interpretation and Commitment of Conservation Contents Based on School Context

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The deteriorating of our environmental conditions is caused by human behavior. The exploitation, destruction and exploration of our environment happened in order to fulfill the expectations of human being for comfortable lifestyles. In order to have a better future, healthy lifestyles and maintain environmental sustainability, the human behavior towards conservation must be change. This research involved tertiary students’ in order to identify and explore the difference, influence and direct and indirect relationship on students’ interpretation, commitment, knowledge and behavior towards a lifelong attitude of pro-conservation behavior. The sample consists of 1000 students from selected rural and urban secondary schools in Sabah, Malaysia. Questionnaire developed by the researcher is the tool used to collect the data. Descriptive statistics, t-test, multiple regressions, path analysis via AMOS are the techniques used to analyze the data. The results revealed that there was significance difference based on demographic aspect from the data collected in the rural and urban schools. Significance influence was found between students’ commitment on lifelong attitude of pro-conservation behavior with 30.1 percent variance changes from the data collected in the rural schools and 23.6 percent variance changes from the data collected in the urban schools. The research findings revealed that the students’ interpretation, commitment, nature conservation knowledge and their behavior were important and needed more attention from various parties in order to develop their lifelong attitude towards environment and biodiversity conservation. Therefore, the environmental organizations need to be designed and organized a lot of conservation programmes in schools in order to promote conservation and build positive impact on the students’ behavior towards environment and biodiversity conservation.
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Keywords: Commitment; Conservation; Interpretation; Nature Conservation Knowledge; Pro-Conservation Behavior

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Institute for Tropical Biology and Conservation, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Jalan UMS, 88400, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia 2: Faculty of Education and Psychology, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Jalan UMS, 88400, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

Publication date: April 1, 2017

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