Education for strategic environmental behavior

Chawla, Louise & Cushing, Debra Flanders (2007) Education for strategic environmental behavior. Environmental Education Research, 13(4), pp. 437-452.

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This article reviews four bodies of research that shed light on how to promote active care for the environment in children and youth: research on sources of proenvironmental behavior, socialization for democratic skills and values, the development of a personal sense of competence, and the development of collective competence. The article begins with an overview of studies of formative childhood experiences reported by environmental activists and educators, followed by correlational and experimental studies with young people regarding factors associated with their taking action for the environment. Because behaviors with the largest potential benefits for the environment require political engagement, the article also reviews experiences associated with young people’s interest and engagement in public issues. Action for the environment in the home or in public arena like schools and communities requires a personal sense of competence and a sense of collective competence, or confidence in one’s ability to achieve goals by working with a group. Therefore experiences that promote the development of these assets are summarized as well. The conclusion compares major findings in these different fields and discusses implications for environmental educators.

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ID Code: 50908
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Proenvironmental Behaviour, Children, Youth, Collective Competence, Environmental Education
DOI: 10.1080/13504620701581539
ISSN: 1469-5871
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (050000) > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT (050200) > Environmental Education and Extension (050203)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Social and Community Psychology (170113)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Psychology not elsewhere classified (170199)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: This is a preprint of an article whose final and definitive form has been published in the Environmental Education Research (C) 2007 (copyright Taylor & Francis); Environmental Education Research is available online at:
Deposited On: 18 Jun 2012 00:57
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2017 16:55

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