Student Knowledge and Attitudes Towards Wood and the Use of Wood as a Raw Material

Nmarné Kendöl, Jutka and Molnár, Katalin and Berki, Imre and Fekete, istván (2022) Student Knowledge and Attitudes Towards Wood and the Use of Wood as a Raw Material. ACTA SILVATICA ET LIGNARIA HUNGARICA: AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL IN FOREST, WOOD AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES, 18 (2). pp. 129-150. ISSN 1786-691X


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There is much uncertainty about the attitude toward raw wood material use: Is the widerange use of unprocessed wood recommended or not? In our statistically representative questionnaire survey completed in Győr-Moson-County schools in Hungary, we aimed to discover which components of attitude determine the willingness of future energy users to use wood. A novelty of our study is that we investigated three components of attitude in the context of wood use, i.e., the cognitive, the affective, and the conative components. We used Decision Trees in statistics, hitherto unemployed in wood-related environmental education research, to predict the willingness to use the raw wood material. Our study is relevant to sustainable development and climate protection. Our results revealed that only one-third of participants provided an affirmative response to the question of whether they would use raw wood material. Furthermore, we found that the affective component of attitude is a stronger predictor than the cognitive component, with the conative component not being a predictor. In light of these results, we recommend popularizing forest programs since the attitude-changing effect of forest programs has been confirmed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: experiential pedagogy; forest programs; tree-related attitude; Decison Tree Analysis; future use of wood; Győr-Moson-Sopron County (Hungary);
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation / földrajz, antropológia, kikapcsolódás > GE Environmental Sciences / környezettudomány
Depositing User: MTMT SWORD
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2022 10:03
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2022 10:03

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