Sense of place in environmental education

TitleSense of place in environmental education
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsKudryavtsev, A, Stedman, RC, Krasny, ME
JournalEnvironmental Education Research
Pagination229 - 250
Date Published2012/04/01/
ISBN Number1350-4622
Keywordsenvironmental education, place attachment, place meaning, pro-environmental behavior, sense of place
AbstractAlthough environmental education research has embraced the idea of sense of place, it has rarely taken into account environmental psychology-based sense of place literature whose theory and empirical studies can enhance related studies in the education context. This article contributes to research on sense of place in environmental education from an environmental psychology perspective. We review the components of sense of place, including place attachment and place meanings. Then we explore the logic and evidence suggesting a relationship between place attachment, place meanings, pro-environmental behavior, and factors influencing sense of place. Finally, based on this literature we propose that in general environmental education can influence sense of place through a combination of direct place experiences and instruction.