An intergenerational approach for enriching children's environmental attitudes and knowledge

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TitleAn intergenerational approach for enriching children's environmental attitudes and knowledge
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsLiu, S-T, Kaplan, MS
JournalApplied Environmental Education & Communication
Volume5
Issue1
Pagination9 - 20
Date Published2006/01/01/
ISBN Number1533-015X
KeywordsAttitude Change, AWB, citizen participation, CN, Consciousness Raising, environmental education, focus groups, Include2, Intergenerational Programs, Interviews, NCH2, outdoor education, Participant Satisfaction, Pennsylvania, Program Effectiveness, Questionnaires, Reviewed, Reviewed2, Student Attitudes, Volunteers
Abstract

Intergenerational programming, which brings children, youth, and older adults together for mutually beneficial interaction, represents a relatively new strategy for broadening the public's awareness and participation in environmental activities. To explore the potential benefits of involving older adults and young people in joint environmental education experiences, a study was conducted of an intergenerational outdoor education program in an environmental center in Central Pennsylvania. Senior adult volunteers were found to influence children to adopt an enriched sense of awareness and appreciation of the natural environment. Senior-student relations were influenced by staff facilitation styles, the roles taken by the seniors, and the intergenerational engagement format. (Contains 7 tables.)

Short TitleApplied Environmental Education and Communication

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