Barriers to sustainability in mature-age adult learners: working toward identity change

Research
TitleBarriers to sustainability in mature-age adult learners: working toward identity change
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsMartin, AR, Chen, JC
JournalEnvironmental Education Research
Volume22
Issue6
Pagination849 - 867
Date Published2016/08/17/
ISBN Number1350-4622
Keywordsadult learner, barriers, environmental education, identity, Include, sustainability, transformative, VRH review
AbstractWhile research on K-12 environmental education (EE) has been quite robust, there has been less focus on effective approaches for mature-age adult learners. This qualitative study examined perceptions of barriers to sustainability in American, mature-age adult learners. Results revealed two interacting, superordinate themes: personal relevance and social environmental context, which each included several thematic barriers that resulted in a hypothesized model of internalized sustainable identity. This identity is the personal orientation/responsibility toward living a sustainable lifestyle and aligns with other environmentally-based identity models present in the literature. Implications for educators are discussed, including the recommendation to examine EE for mature-age adults through the lens of identity change.
URLhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13504622.2015.1075192