Child-orientated environmental education influences adult knowledge and household behaviour

Research
TitleChild-orientated environmental education influences adult knowledge and household behaviour
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsDamerell, P, Howe, C, Milner-Gulland, EJ
JournalEnvironmental Research Letters
Volume8
Issue1
Pagination015016
Date Published2013///
ISBN Number1748-9326
AbstractEnvironmental education is frequently undertaken as a conservation intervention designed to change the attitudes and behaviour of recipients. Much conservation education is aimed at children, with the rationale that children influence the attitudes of their parents, who will consequently change their behaviour. Empirical evidence to substantiate this suggestion is very limited, however. For the first time, we use a controlled trial to assess the influence of wetland-related environmental education on the knowledge of children and their parents and household behaviour. We demonstrate adults exhibiting greater knowledge of wetlands and improved reported household water management behaviour when their child has received wetland-based education at Seychelles wildlife clubs. We distinguish between ‘folk’ knowledge of wetland environments and knowledge obtained from formal education, with intergenerational transmission of each depending on different factors. Our study provides the first strong support for the suggestion that environmental education can be transferred between generations and indirectly induce targeted behavioural changes.
URLhttp://stacks.iop.org/1748-9326/8/i=1/a=015016
Short TitleEnviron. Res. Lett.