The Effects of Children's Age and Sex on Acquiring Pro-Environmental Attitudes Through Environmental Education

Research
TitleThe Effects of Children's Age and Sex on Acquiring Pro-Environmental Attitudes Through Environmental Education
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsLiefländer, AKristin, Bogner, FXaver
JournalThe Journal of Environmental Education
Volume45
Issue2
Pagination105 - 117
Date Published2014/04/03/
ISBN Number0095-8964
Keywords2-MEV model, age differences, comprehensive education, environmental attitudes, gender differences, water
AbstractEnvironmental education programs aiming to enhance children's environmental attitudes in a pro-environmental direction require background information, such as age and sex differences, to ensure appropriate design. We used the 2-MEV model with its domains preservation and utilization of nature to assess a four-day program at an educational field center with students 9–10 and 11–13 years of age. A pre- and post-retention test design revealed younger students to be more responsive concerning positive attitude shifts than older students, whereas the sexes were equally influenced. Program developers should consider that education has a stronger effect on young children's environmental attitudes.
URLhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00958964.2013.875511