ERIC Number: EJ1069960
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
The 2-MEV Model: Constancy of Adolescent Environmental Values within an 8-Year Time Frame
Bogner, F. X.; Johnson, B.; Buxner, S.; Felix, L.
International Journal of Science Education, v37 n12 p1938-1952 2015
The 2-MEV model is a widely used tool to monitor children's environmental perception by scoring individual values. Although the scale's validity has been confirmed repeatedly and independently as well as the scale is in usage within more than two dozen language units all over the world, longitudinal properties still need clarification. The purpose of the present study therefore was to validate the 2-MEV scale based on a large data basis of 10,676 children collected over an eight-year period. Cohorts of three different US states contributed to the sample by responding to a paper-and-pencil questionnaire within their pre-test initiatives in the context of field center programs. Since we used only the pre-program 2-MEV scale results (which is before participation in education programs), the data were clearly unspoiled by any follow-up interventions. The purpose of analysis was fourfold: First, to test and confirm the hypothesized factorized structure for the large data set and for the subsample of each of the three states. Second, to analyze the scoring pattern across the eight years' time range for both preservation and utilitarian preferences. Third, to investigate any age effects in the extracted factors. Finally, to extract suitable recommendations for educational implementation efforts.
Descriptors: Models, Values, Questionnaires, Intervention, Environment, Knowledge Level, Environmental Education, Pretests Posttests, Factor Structure, Scoring, Preferences, Student Attitudes, Program Descriptions, Elementary School Students, Middle School Students, Factor Analysis
Routledge. Available from: Taylor & Francis, Ltd. 325 Chestnut Street Suite 800, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Tel: 800-354-1420; Fax: 215-625-2940; Web site: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education; Elementary Education; Middle Schools; Junior High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Arizona; Louisiana; Pennsylvania