Investigating the Relationship Between Children's Environmental Perceptions and Ecological Actions through Environmental Learning Experiences
AuthorManoli, Constantinos C.
Committee ChairJohnson, Bruce
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThis study investigated the relationship between children's environmental perceptions and their ecological actions before and after attending Earthkeepers, an earth education program. Participants were 604 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students from 14 schools in Arizona and Pennsylvania. A comparison of the environmental perceptions of participants revealed a statistically significant difference between those who undertook more and those who undertook fewer or no positive ecological actions. After the program, students who undertook more positive ecological actions, for example using less energy and fewer materials, had more pro-environmental perceptions than their counterparts. Individual interviews with 18 of the participants supported the positive relationship between environmental perceptions and ecological actions and provided further explanations for those actions.
Degree ProgramTeaching & Teacher Education