Facilitating Youth to Take Sustainability Actions: The Potential of Peer Education

Research
TitleFacilitating Youth to Take Sustainability Actions: The Potential of Peer Education
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
Authorsde Vreede, C, Warner, A, Pitter, R
JournalThe Journal of Environmental Education
Volume45
Issue1
Pagination37 - 56
Date Published2014/01/01/
ISBN Number0095-8964
Keywordsaction, peer education, sustainability education, youth
AbstractPeer education is an understudied yet valuable strategy for sustainability educators in shifting youth to take action for sustainability. This case study conceptualizes the change process in facilitating youth to take sustainability actions, and explores the benefits, dynamics, and challenges of peer education as a strategy in facilitating change. It assesses the learning of youth leaders of the MindShift program, and the extent to which they took action. Findings reveal multifaceted learning related to various antecedents of sustainability actions. The most influential elements of the peer education approach were peer support, meaningful contribution, teaching/leadership role, and student ownership.
URLhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00958964.2013.805710