An empirical test of self-determination theory as a guide to fostering environmental motivation

Research
TitleAn empirical test of self-determination theory as a guide to fostering environmental motivation
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsDarner, R
JournalEnvironmental Education Research
Volume18
Issue4
Pagination463 - 472
Date Published2012/08/01/
ISBN Number1350-4622
Keywordsenvironmental motivation, proenvironmental behaviour, self-determination theory
AbstractA goal of most environmental education is to motivate students toward environmentally friendly behaviour change. This article describes a study that elucidates how such motivation can be fostered in the classroom. It compared students’ development of environmental motivation in a conventional post-secondary environmental biology course and a similar course guided by self-determination theory (SDT). Students in the SDT-guided course experienced less amotivation after the course than students in the comparison section. This article presents a preliminary empirical examination of the utility of SDT in a formal environmental education setting.
URLhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13504622.2011.638739