Seyed Ahmad Marashi and Ahmad Reza Ommani
Department of Agricultural Extension and Education, Shoushtar Branch, Islamic Azad University, Shoushtar, Iran
Key words: Biodiversity and environmental conservation knowledge, Agricultural educators, Khouzestan province.
The purpose of research was analyzing knowledge of agricultural high school educators in Khouzestan province, Iran regarding biodiversity and environmental conservation (sustainability) in agriculture. This study was carried out by survey during April and November 2014. The method of research was correlative descriptive. All agricultural high school educators in Khouzestan province (n=55) were selected for participation in the study. A questionnaire was developed to gather information regarding knowledge of educators regarding biodiversity and environmental conservation in agricultural practices. Questionnaire reliability was estimated by calculating Cronbach’s alpha. Data collected were analyzed using the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS). Appropriate statistical procedures for description (frequencies, per cent, means, and standard deviations) were used. Based on results there is significant correlation between knowledge of agricultural educators about biodiversity and environmental conservation with communication channel, social participation, social status, individual competency, professional competency and specialized skills. Also the result for regression analysis by stepwise method shows predicator variables that were significantly related to the knowledge of about biodiversity and environmental conservation were entered. Approximately 60.6% of the variances in the knowledge of agricultural educators regarding biodiversity in agriculture could be explained by the attitude and skill to sustainable agriculture, social participation, social status, communication channel and professional competency. Thus recommended apply for the training classes to expand biological control important to be done.
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