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ERIC Number: ED502729
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Nature or Nurture? On the Trail of Determining Variables That Influence Environmental Behavior
Woods-McConney, Amanda; McConney, Andrew
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, Apr 18-22, 1995)
In this research we describe and discuss a path analysis of an hypothesized model of environmental behavior. In formulating the model, we used variables that had previously been empirically linked to environmental behavior (e.g., knowledge of issues, attitudes) but also included others that had not been assessed in the context of a model explaining environmental behavior (e.g., gender, ethnic affinity, age). Our findings support hypothesized direct influences on environmental behavior of knowledge and skill in environmental action, the opinions of others, fear of environmental catastrophe, environmental sensitivity, locus of control with regard to environmental problem solving, and environmental attitudes. Further analyses demonstrated the chief influence of knowledge and skill in environmental action, the opinions of others, and fear. We discuss the importance of these findings for building the knowledge base undergirding program and curriculum development efforts in environmental education. (Contains 6 tables and 2 figures.)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A