Hope in the Face of Climate Change: Associations With Environmental Engagement and Student Perceptions of Teachers’ Emotion Communication Style and Future Orientation

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TitleHope in the Face of Climate Change: Associations With Environmental Engagement and Student Perceptions of Teachers’ Emotion Communication Style and Future Orientation
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsOjala, M
JournalThe Journal of Environmental Education
Volume46
Issue3
Pagination133 - 148
Date Published2015/07/03/
ISBN Number0095-8964
Keywordsaction competence, climate change education, coping, future orientation, self-efficacy
AbstractIs hope concerning climate change related to environmental engagement, or is it rather associated with unrealistic optimism and inactivity? This study on Swedish high school students identified two kinds of hope: constructive hope and hope based on denial. Constructive hope was positively associated with engagement and a perception that teachers respect students’ negative emotions concerning societal issues and have a future-oriented, positive, and solution-oriented communication style. Students who felt hope based on denial instead were less inclined to behave pro-environmentally and perceived their teachers as not taking their emotions seriously and as communicating in a pessimistic way. Boys perceived their teachers as less accepting of negative emotions, which explained why they felt more hope based on denial than girls. Practical implications of these findings are discussed.
URLhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00958964.2015.1021662