ERIC Number: EJ1010797
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 128
A Review of the Foundational Processes that Influence Beliefs in Climate Change: Opportunities for Environmental Education Research
Brownlee, Matthew T.J.; Powell, Robert B.; Hallo, Jeffery C.
Environmental Education Research, v19 n1 p1-20 2013
Recently, many organizations involved in environmental education have initiated programs that aim to educate visitors or other publics who interact with nature-based resources about the impacts and landscape transformations occurring because of climatic changes. However, many psychological, human-evolutionary, and social-ecological processes that impede individuals' ability to notice or respond to (e.g. adaptation and mitigation behaviors) climate impacts in nature-based areas, or in their urban-based home communities, may influence the educational process. By reviewing and examining these foundational processes and their potential influence on an audience's attitudes and beliefs towards climate change, we outline and explain their importance for research. Based on these important psychological, human-evolutionary, and social-ecological processes, the authors conclude by identifying how researchers can investigate the influence of these processes and their potential impacts on environmental education outcomes.
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Educational Research, Climate, Attitudes, Conservation (Environment)
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