Conservation Education Before/After Study: Summary of Feedback

This page provides examples of the summary information educators who participate in this before-after survey study will receive.

We will aim to send participating module co-ordinators a summary of their module students ‘before’ survey responses 3 weeks after the module start date. We will aim to send participating degree coordinators a summary of their degree students ‘before’ survey responses in December. The summary feedback will not include any individuals’ responses. The responses will be shown as aggregate summaries.

Below are examples of the graphs and descriptive statistics we will send to educators about their students ‘before’ survey responses. These graphs and descriptive statistics will be created using the GO-FOX analysis tool created by the Future of Conservation project.

Example summary information

1. A summary of your students’ responses to the 38 conservation statements developed by the Future of Conservation project.

This graph will show you which statements your students’ have consensus on, and which statements have a wide range of Likert scale responses.

2. Extent of agreement summary

This graph will show you your students’ mean responses to each statement. The red dots are the Future of Conservation sample responses. This allows you to compare your students’ responses to the statements against the larger sample of conservationists in the Future of Conservation study.

3. Three dimensions summary

Within this graph, you will be able to see where your students’ responses lie on the three dimensions identified in the Future of Conservation project. The light grey lines represent the Future of Conservation sample and the black lines represent student responses.

4. Descriptive statistics

We will also send you descriptive statistics of your students’ survey results compared to the Future of Conservation dataset. For instance:

The median participant in this group was:

• more in favour of people-centred conservation than 52.5% of FoC respondents,
• more in favour of science-led ecocentrism than 34.3% of FoC respondents, and
• more in favour of conservation through capitalism than 25.8% of FoC respondents.

The statements the group agreed with most strongly were:

1. Conservation should seek to do no harm to poor people
2. Maintaining ecosystem processes should be a goal of conservation
3. To achieve its goals conservation should seek to reform global trade
4. Giving a voice to those affected by conservation actions improves conservation outcomes
5. Conserving nature for nature’s sake should be a goal of conservation

Questions or comments?

If you have any questions about this survey or the wider research project, please contact Helena Slater on helena.slater@ed.ac.uk or the supervisory team:

Aidan Keane (University of Edinburgh)
Janet Fisher (University of Edinburgh)
George Holmes (University of Leeds)
Chris Sandbrook (University of Cambridge)