Evaluating the role of protected natural areas for environmental education in Italy

Research
TitleEvaluating the role of protected natural areas for environmental education in Italy
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsDe Dominicis, S, Bonaiuto, M, Carrus, G, Passafaro, P, Perucchini, P, Bonnes, M
JournalApplied Environmental Education & Communication
Volume16
Issue3
Pagination171 - 185
Date Published2017/07/03/
ISBN Number1533-015X
KeywordsInclude, VRH review
AbstractTwo quasi-experimental field studies (N = 419; 248) tested the effects of an outdoor environmental education program based in local Protected Natural Areas (PNAs) on 3rd-to-6th-grade students' proenvironmental attitudes and behaviors. Results show the program increases children's place attachment, proenvironmental attitudes, ethics and self-reported behavior, and their parents’ proenvironmental attitudes: Young people's experience with PNAs enhances their attitudes and behaviors toward environmental sustainability. The research addresses the crucial role of local PNAs in promoting proenvironmental attitudes and behaviors, highlighting the strategic importance of intervention procedures and moderators for environmental education activities applied to specific social-physical contexts.
URLhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1533015X.2017.1322014