Identifying Indicators of Behavior Change: Insights From Wildfire Education Programs

Research
TitleIdentifying Indicators of Behavior Change: Insights From Wildfire Education Programs
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsMonroe, MC, Agrawal, S, Jakes, PJ, Kruger, LE, Nelson, KC, Sturtevant, V
JournalThe Journal of Environmental Education
Volume44
Issue3
Pagination180 - 194
Date Published2013/01/01/
ISBN Number0095-8964
Keywordsadult education, behavior change, indicators, program evaluation, wildfire
AbstractEnvironmental educators are challenged to document behavior changes, because change rarely depends solely on outcomes of education programs, but on many factors. An analysis of 15 communities in the United States that have increased their preparedness for wildfire allowed us to explore how education programs encouraged individual and community change. Agency-sponsored adult educational programs helped communities change their philosophy about firefighting, pass ordinances that restrict individual property rights, and empower residents to reduce their wildfire risk. This article explores several outcomes of these programs and offers suggested indicators of change that might be useful for education program evaluation.
URLhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00958964.2012.746277