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Stevenson, Kathryn T.; Peterson, M. Nils; Bondell, Howard D. – Environmental Education Research, 2019
Understanding adolescent climate change concern (CCC) may be a key strategy for building a citizenry that supports climate change action, as adolescents are likely less influenced by ideological polarization than adults. Prior research shows that climate education may build concern among adolescents, but other factors such as peer pressure may…
Descriptors: Beliefs, Friendship, Peer Influence, Family Influence
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Li, Christine Jie; Monroe, Martha C. – Environmental Education Research, 2019
Hope is an important component that helps engage people in solving problems. Environmental educational resources addressing climate change effectively should ideally nurture hope as well as increase understanding about the issue. However, hopefulness about resolving climate change challenges is a relatively new construct in the literature and…
Descriptors: Climate, Psychological Patterns, Environmental Education, High School Students
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Szczytko, Rachel; Stevenson, Kathryn; Peterson, M. Nils; Nietfeld, John; Strnad, Renee L. – Environmental Education Research, 2019
Environmental education (EE) practitioners struggle to consistently and rigorously evaluate their programs, particularly when little time is available for evaluation. Since environmental literacy (EL) is the goal of environmental education, a very short EL instrument -- amenable to use when longer tests are not practical for practitioners -- would…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Environmental Education, Literacy, Item Response Theory
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Kunkle, Kristen A.; Monroe, Martha C. – Environmental Education Research, 2019
Integrating climate change into environmental education programs and formal science classrooms can be difficult, as the issue remains controversial and highly politicized among the American public. This study proposes that the same cultural values that shape worldview differences and divide public opinion on anthropogenic climate change will…
Descriptors: Climate, Environmental Education, Public Opinion, World Views
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Lawson, Danielle F.; Stevenson, Kathryn T.; Peterson, M. Nils; Carrier, Sarah J.; Seekamp, Erin; Strnad, Renee – Environmental Education Research, 2019
Although research suggests that family dynamics likely play a role in shaping children's behaviors, few studies focus on environmental behaviors, and none to our knowledge investigate how parents shape climate change mitigation behaviors among their children. We begin to fill this gap through a quantitative case study using matched household-level…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Climate, Family Relationship, Environmental Education
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Stevenson, Kathryn T.; King, Tasha L.; Selm, Kathryn R.; Peterson, M. Nils; Monroe, Martha C. – Environmental Education Research, 2018
Climate communication research suggests strategic message framing may help build public consensus on climate change causes, risks and solutions. However, few have investigated how framing applies to adolescents. Similarly, little research has focused on agricultural audiences, who are among the most vulnerable to and least accepting of climate…
Descriptors: Climate, Adolescents, Agricultural Education, High School Students
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Cagle, Nicolette L. – Environmental Education Research, 2018
Previous work has identified time spent in nature as a child as a precursor to active care for the natural world (i.e. environmental commitment), but a paucity of data exists on what happens to environmentally committed people's relationship to nature over time, including the time spent in nature and the quality of that experience. In addition,…
Descriptors: Sustainability, Conservation (Environment), Natural Resources, Ecology
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Morrison, Scott A. – Environmental Education Research, 2018
In this article I report the findings of an intrinsic case study involving seven ecologically minded teachers who participated in a Critical Friends Group (CFG) for five months. The topic of our discussions was EcoJustice education, which involves analyzing and reframing Westernized culture. Findings are focused on how the participants grappled…
Descriptors: Western Civilization, Case Studies, Environmental Education, Faculty Development
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Fraser, John; Gupta, Rupanwita; Krasny, Marianne E. – Environmental Education Research, 2015
Since the 1980s, scholars have suggested that environmental education (EE) has a "definitional problem" represented by a multiplicity of perspectives that have critically impacted its discourse, practices, and outcomes. This study sought to investigate how North American EE practitioners from backgrounds ranging from formal and…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Teacher Attitudes, Urban Areas, Conservation (Environment)