Promoting residential renewable energy via peer-to-peer learning

Research
TitlePromoting residential renewable energy via peer-to-peer learning
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsHeiskanen, E, Nissilä, H, Tainio, P
JournalApplied Environmental Education & Communication
Volume16
Issue2
Pagination105 - 116
Date Published2017/04/03/
ISBN Number1533-015X
KeywordsInclude, LMD review
Abstract

Peer-to-peer learning is gaining increasing attention in nonformal community-based environmental education. This article evaluates a novel modification of a concept for peer-to-peer learning about residential energy solutions (Open Homes). We organized collective “Energy Walks” visiting several homes with novel energy solutions and engaging people beyond those with a serious renovation project. We evaluated the intervention in terms of individual, network-centric, and institutional learning outcomes. Learning outcomes were observed on all these levels. We argue that this form of peer-to-peer learning builds capacity for sustainable action in the community by supporting discussion and reflection, rather than merely social learning as modeling.

URLhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1533015X.2017.1304838

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