Ecological dynamics as a theoretical framework for development of sustainable behaviours towards the environment

Brymer, Eric & Davids, Keith W. (2013) Ecological dynamics as a theoretical framework for development of sustainable behaviours towards the environment. Environmental Education Research, 19(1), pp. 45-63.

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This paper proposes how the theoretical framework of ecological dynamics can provide an influential model of the learner and the learning process to pre-empt effective behaviour changes. Here we argue that ecological dynamics supports a well established model of the learner ideally suited to the environmental education context because of its emphasis on the learner-environment relationship. The model stems from perspectives on behaviour change in ecological psychology and dynamical systems theory. The salient points of the model are highlighted for educators interested in manipulating environmental constraints in the learning process, with the aim of designing effective learning programs in environmental education. We conclude by providing generic principles of application which might define the learning process in environmental education programs.

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ID Code: 55273
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Environmental education; , dynamical systems theory, ecological psychology;, behaviour change;, learning; , ecological dynamics;
DOI: 10.1080/13504622.2012.677416
ISSN: 1350-4622
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Deposited On: 05 Dec 2012 02:02
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2017 06:01

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