Evaluating the effects of environmental education programming on connectedness to nature

Research
TitleEvaluating the effects of environmental education programming on connectedness to nature
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsErnst, J, Theimer, S
JournalEnvironmental Education Research
Volume17
Issue5
Pagination577 - 598
Date Published2011/10/01/
ISBN Number1350-4622
Keywordsconnectedness to nature, environmental education, environmental sensitivity
AbstractWith a growing movement to re-connect children to nature, an understanding of the ability of environmental education (EE) programs to foster connectedness to nature is needed. The purpose of this exploratory quantitative study is to determine the effect of seven EE programs on participants' connectedness to nature. Results from the 385 children who participated in this study suggest two of the programs may be associated with a significant increase in connectedness to nature; however, due to the limitations of the study and a potential ‘ceiling effect’ of high initial levels of connectedness, further research is needed.
URLhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13504622.2011.565119