Rural-urban differences in environmental knowledge and actions

Thomas A. Arcury, Eric Howard Christianson

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Greater awareness of between-group variation in environmental attitudes and knowledge will improve the quality of environmental education programs. The authors examined environmental characteristic differences between rural and urban residents, using telephone survey data from a sample of Kentucky River Basin residents. Although they expected that the more urban and metropolitan an individual, the greater would be the individual’s environmental world view, concern, knowledge, and actions, they found no consistent differences by residence in these characteristics. They did find differences by education and income. They concluded that the success of environmental education depends on its participation in promoting equity in the general population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-25
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Environmental Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1993

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Funding Information:
Support for this survey was provided equally by grants from the Research Committee of the University of Kentucky and from the Krn-tucky River Basin Steering Committee through the Office of the May-or, Lexington-Fayette Urban-County Government. The authors wish to thank Sara A. Quandt for her comments on an earlier draft of this paper.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • General Environmental Science


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