How does a one-day environmental education programme support individual connectedness with nature?

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TitleHow does a one-day environmental education programme support individual connectedness with nature?
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsKossack, A, Bogner, FXaver
JournalJournal of Biological Education
Volume46
Issue3
Pagination180 - 187
Date Published2012/09//
ISBN Number00219266
KeywordsAWB2, environmental education, Include2, NCH, outdoor education, Reviewed, Reviewed2, SECONDARY education, SECONDARY school students, STUDENTS -- Attitudes
Abstract

The ‘Inclusion of Nature in Self' scale (INS) was applied to monitor shifts in reported connectedness with nature within the framework of a school-based environmental education programme. One hundred and twenty-three German students (sixth-graders) participated in a one-day module, which included hands-on indoor (classroom) and outdoor (nearby woods) implementation. Additionally, a control group (n = 116) did not participate in our intervention at all. Seven types of shifts in students' subjective connectedness with nature before and after project participation were analysed and discussed. Individual initial connectedness and a variety of short- and long-term connectedness shifts indicate the necessity of a needs-oriented environmental education. The reliability of the INS scale as a rapid assessment for improving school-based fieldwork settings is confirmed.

Short TitleJournal of Biological Education

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