ERIC Number: EJ1050040
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
Harnessing Homophily to Improve Climate Change Education
Monroe, Martha C.; Plate, Richard R.; Adams, Damian C.; Wojcik, Deborah J.
Environmental Education Research, v21 n2 p221-238 2015
The Cooperative Extension Service (Extension) in the United States is well positioned to educate the public, particularly farmers and foresters, about climate change and to encourage responsible adoption of adaptation and mitigation strategies. However, the climate change attitudes and perceptions of Extension professionals have limited Extension's involvement. A survey of Extension professionals (n?=?2758) in eight southern states found several statistically significant factors correlating to different attitudes and perceptions about climate change, such as demographics and program area. Willingness to engage with climate change-related programs varies with climate change perceptions, program area, and perceptions of institutional support. This assessment explores the extent to which the climate change issue suggests different needs among Extension professionals--needs that could be addressed by diverse professional development programs. We discuss these results in the context of homophily and provide recommendations to improve climate change education.
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Climate, Teaching Methods, Extension Agents, Extension Education, Attitude Change, Employee Attitudes, Forestry, Agricultural Occupations, Professional Development, Role
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Sponsor: National Institute of Food and Agriculture
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IES Grant or Contract Numbers: 2011-68002-30185