ERIC Number: ED197252
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Energy Conservation: Three Years of Research on the Attitudes and Behaviors of High School Students.
Kushler, Martin G.
Energy conservation efforts targeted at high-school-age youth could produce immediate energy savings as a result of their actions and their influence on their families. Prior to their assumption of full adult roles, students could adopt an "energy ethic" having a lasting impact on society. Based on these beliefs, a multi-phase research effort was undertaken, including instructional intervention and attitude surveys, to determine the effects on youth of energy education. The data suggest that energy-conservation instruction has a significant effect on the attitudes and behaviors of high school students. Females were more positive toward conservation than males; older students and those with higher grade-point averages also had more positive attitudes. Further experimental research is needed to demonstrate the causal connection between education and energy-conservation attitudes and behaviors and to examine ways in which teenagers influence home energy-consumption patterns. (Author/CS)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Attitude Change, Behavior Change, Conservation Education, Ecology, Energy Conservation, Environmental Influences, Family Influence, High School Students, Program Effectiveness, Sex Differences, Surveys, Teacher Education
Energy Administration, Michigan Dept. of Commerce, 6520 Merchantile Way, Suite 1, Lansing, MI 48109 (Single copies free)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Energy Research and Development Administration, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Dept. of Commerce, Lansing.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (88th, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, September 1-5, 1980).