ERIC Number: EJ1020964
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
An Empirical Test of Anchoring the NEP Scale in Environmental Ethics
Noblet, Caroline L.; Anderson, Mark; Teisl, Mario F.
Environmental Education Research, v19 n4 p540-551 2013
Some argue that the new ecological paradigm (NEP) scale is incomplete and does not adequately reflect contemporary debates in environmental ethics. We focus on one specific shortcoming of the NEP, its lack of an item to reflect an ecocentric viewpoint. To test this concern, we administered the NEP to three different audiences and included one additional item to capture an ecocentric perspective. The empirical tests were designed to determine whether the addition of such an item changed results in a meaningful way. We find evidence that NEP may already capture ecocentric viewpoints, but our investigation leads us to question the validity and reliability of the NEP in capturing ecological worldview.
Descriptors: Ethics, Ecology, Conservation (Environment), World Views, Factor Analysis, Surveys, Sustainability, Adults, College Faculty, Stakeholders, Natural Resources, Wildlife
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Maine
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