ERIC Number: EJ1020939
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
The Influence of Situational Emotions on the Intention for Sustainable Consumer Behaviour in a Student-Centred Intervention
Fröhlich, Gabriele; Sellmann, Daniela; Bogner, Franz X.
Environmental Education Research, v19 n6 p747-764 2013
Within the curriculum guidelines for Bavaria, we designed a hands-on educational programme for teaching sustainability with regard to agriculture, food and consumerism, partly implemented on a farm as an out-of-school learning setting. The participants were fifth graders ("N"?=?176). The research followed a quasi-experimental design and used the subscale "consumerism" of the "General Ecological Behaviour Scale" and situational emotions (interest, well-being, boredom) to focus data collection activities. The study monitored the students' knowledge increase and their "Inclusion of Nature in Self" (INS) scores as possible influencing factors on environmental behaviour. After participation in the programme, while we found that the students intended to consume in more environmentally friendlier ways, this intention did not persistent over a seven-week time span, nor did it relate to the INS or knowledge scores. There was, however, a high correlation with positive situational emotions like "interest" ("r"?=?0.46, p =?0.001) and "well-being" ("r"?=?0.39, p?=?0.001), and a negative correlation with "boredom" ("r"?=?-0.42, p?=?0.001). We conclude that the "effect" of the programme immediately measured after the intervention was strongly linked to situational (short-term) emotions, and should be considered in educational planning as well as the evaluation of sustainability teaching and learning.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Experiential Learning, Sustainability, Agriculture, Food, Consumer Education, Quasiexperimental Design, Rating Scales, Environmental Education, Student Attitudes, Correlation, Student Interests, Psychological Patterns, Program Effectiveness, Sustainable Development, Instructional Design, Measures (Individuals), Likert Scales, Reliability, Comparative Analysis, Student Behavior, Pretests Posttests
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 5
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Identifiers - Location: Germany
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