Effects of a 1-day environmental education intervention on environmental attitudes and connectedness with nature

TitleEffects of a 1-day environmental education intervention on environmental attitudes and connectedness with nature
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsSellmann, D, Bogner, FXaver
JournalEuropean Journal of Psychology of Education
Pagination1077 - 1086
Date Published2013/09//
ISBN Number02562928
Keywords*Original 959, 1WAC, 2RRP, attitudes, ATTITUDES toward the environment, botanical garden, climate change, CLIMATIC changes, EDUCATIONAL intervention, environmental education, environmental values, Germany, High School Students, Include, Include WAC, PREPARATORY school students, PREPARATORY schools, R1 FINAL INCLUDE, Round1 Include, Round2 Include AWB

Besides cognitive learning effects, short-term environmental education (EE) is often regarded as ineffective in intervening with participants' environmental attitudes and behaviour. However, in Germany, school classes often participate in such 1-day EE programmes because they better match the school curriculum in contrast to longer (residential) programmes. We therefore monitored a 1-day outreach EE programme on global climate change to reveal whether environmental attitudes and/or connectedness with nature of tenth graders are affected. Students from German high schools (college preparatory secondary school level, 'Gymnasium') ( N = 114) from age 14 to 19 participated in the programme (treatment group). It consisted of two student-centred learning units on the topic of climate change. Additionally, we chose a control group of students who did not participate in the programme. To measure students' environmental attitudes and connectedness with nature, we administered the Two Major Environmental Values (2-MEV) and the Inclusion of Nature in Self scale in a pre-, post- and retention test design. The pre-test was administered 1 week before, the post-test directly after and the retention test 4 to 6 weeks after programme participation. Analyses revealed a positive long-term effect only for utilitarian values (one of the two major environmental factors of 2-MEV) which decreased significantly. Therefore, depending on the programme's content, short-term EE programmes indeed may have an influence on participants' environmental attitudes.

Short TitleEuropean Journal of Psychology of Education - EJPE (Springer Science & Business Media B.V.)


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