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Mann, Judy Brenda; Ballantyne, Roy; Packer, Jan – Environmental Education Research, 2018
This study investigates the impact of an innovative conservation action campaign called "Penguin Promises" implemented at uShaka Sea World in Durban, South Africa. Communication tools included interpretive signage, exhibits with and without animals, presentations, and personal interactions, along with a specially designed postcard, on…
Descriptors: Conservation (Environment), Conservation Education, Communication Strategies, Advocacy
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Ballantyne, Roy; Packer, Jan – Environmental Education Research, 2011
This paper argues the need for the providers of ecotourism and other free-choice environmental learning experiences to promote the adoption of environmentally sustainable actions beyond their own sites, when visitors return to their home environments. Previous research indicates that although visitors often leave such experiences with a heightened…
Descriptors: Tourism, Environmental Education, Sustainable Development, Conservation (Environment)
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Hughes, Karen; Packer, Jan; Ballantyne, Roy – Environmental Education Research, 2011
Wildlife tourism experiences are often promoted for their ability to enhance visitors' conservation knowledge, attitudes and behaviour; yet, studies exploring the long-term influence of such experiences are rare. This research explores the impact of a wildlife tourism experience and post-visit support on families' adoption of conservation…
Descriptors: Control Groups, Tourism, Conservation (Environment), Foreign Countries
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Ballantyne, Roy; Packer, Jan – Environmental Education Research, 2009
Educators have identified four categories of "productive pedagogies" that are considered to lead to authentic student engagement and learning in the classroom. This study was designed to explore and extend these pedagogies in the context of learning in natural environments, in particular, through the programmes of Queensland…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Environmental Education, Teaching Methods, Program Descriptions
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Ballantyne, Roy; Packer, Jan; Hughes, Karen; Dierking, Lynn – Environmental Education Research, 2007
Zoos and aquariums have shifted their focus over recent years, taking a much more active role in wildlife conservation and in promoting conservation learning among their visitors. Research in these settings provides a valuable foundation for the emerging field of non-captive wildlife tourism. In particular, valuable lessons regarding the potential…
Descriptors: Conservation (Environment), Prior Learning, Wildlife, Tourism
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Ballantyne, Roy; Connell, Sharon; Fien, John – Environmental Education Research, 2006
Many environmental problems are desperately in need of attention. Educating both adults and young people is seen as part of the solution to such problems. Given this situation, and the already considerable investment in environmental education in schools, the notion of encouraging students to initiate environmental discussions with adults at home…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Program Development, Educational Research, Intergenerational Programs
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Ballantyne, Roy; Packer, Jan – Environmental Education Research, 2005
Environmental education, both in and outside of the classroom, aims to facilitate adoption of sustainable practice by both school students and the general public. This paper explores the role of free-choice learning experiences in this regard. An overview of theoretical approaches underpinning free-choice learning research is provided, examples…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Sustainable Development, Attitudes, Attitude Change
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Ballantyne, Roy; Fien, John; Packer, Jan – Environmental Education Research, 2001
Explores the impact of two school environmental programs from the perspectives of participating students, their teachers, and their parents. Describes each program in detail and students' responses compared across the two programs and across different class groups participating in each program. Both programs were successful in engaging students in…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Environmental Education
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Ballantyne, Roy; Connell, Sharon; Fien, John – Environmental Education Research, 1998
Reviews education and social-science literature concerning intergenerational influence and outlines an approach to guide future efforts in research and program development aimed at encouraging students to act as catalysts of environmental communication and learning beyond school boundaries. Contains 115 references. (DDR)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Environmental Education, Foreign Countries, Futures (of Society)