ERIC Number: EJ1046609
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
Exploring Undergraduate Students' Mental Models of the Environment: Are They Related to Environmental Affect and Behavior?
Liu, Shu-Chiu; Lin, Huann-shyang
Journal of Environmental Education, v46 n1 p23-40 2015
A draw-and-explain task and questionnaire were used to explore Taiwanese undergraduate students' mental models of the environment and whether and how they relate to their environmental affect and behavioral commitment. We found that students generally held incomplete mental models of the environment, focusing on objects rather than on processes or relations. Correlations revealed that students who had higher mental model scores tended to demonstrate higher levels of emotional connection and positive commitment to the environment. These findings suggest that a holistic and systemic view of the environment plays an important role in promoting pro-environmental attitudes and behavior.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Undergraduate Students, Environment, Cognitive Structures, Questionnaires, Psychological Patterns, Behavior, Correlation, Student Characteristics, Freehand Drawing, Gender Differences, Environmental Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Taiwan