Document Type

Journal Article

Authors

Kara ChanFollow

Department/Unit

Department of Communication Studies

Title

Mass media and environmental knowledge of secondary school students in Hong Kong

Abstract

A postal survey on a random cluster sample of 1032 secondary school students in Hong Kong was conducted to investigate what and how much students know about the environment and how their knowledge is related to use of mass media. Results indicated that students were very knowledgeable on general and local environmental issues. The average score for environmental knowledge was 60.7 on a 100-point scale. There was some indications that students' environmental knowledge was shaped and limited by the reporting of environmental news in Hong Kong. Television news viewership had positive correlation with students' environmental knowledge while Chinese newspaper readership had a positive but weak correlation. Male students and students in higher forms were more knowledgeable about the environment. The study established a comprehensive measure for both general and local environmental knowledge with an acceptable level of internal consistency for subsequent studies.

Publication Year

1998

Journal Title

Environmentalist

Volume number

2

Issue number

19

Publisher

Public Library of Science

First Page (page number)

85

Last Page (page number)

97

Referreed

1

DOI

10.1023/A:1006636832732

ISSN (print)

02511088

Link to Publisher’s Edition

http://dx.doi.org/10.1023/A:1006636832732

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