ERIC Number: EJ1070735
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 56
Female and Male Teachers' Pro-Environmental Behaviour, Conceptions and Attitudes Towards Nature and the Environment Do Not Differ: Ecofeminism Put to the Test
Mc Ewen, B.; Clément, P.; Gericke, N. M.; Nyberg, E.; Hagman, M.; Landström, J.
Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, v16 n1 Article 3 Jun 2015
Teachers' pro-environmental behaviour, conceptions and attitudes towards nature and the environment were investigated using 47 questions from the BIOHEAD-Citizen questionnaire. The sample included 1,109 pre- and in-service teachers from Sweden and France. Analyses showed only few significant differences between female and male teachers. Forty-one questions were further analysed in terms of ecofeminism. Ecofeminism claims that women and men's conceptions and attitudes towards nature and the environment differ, in the sense that women show higher awareness of environmental issues than men. Our study finds quite poor support for this claim and therefore challenges ecofeminism. This may have implications for environmental education and the perspectives of sustainable development at schools, as our results indicate that there is no reason to fear that male teachers are less engaged with environmental education than female teachers.
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Ecology, Feminism, Teacher Attitudes, Conservation (Environment), Foreign Countries, Gender Differences, Questionnaires, Physical Environment, Multivariate Analysis, Monte Carlo Methods, Statistical Significance, Comparative Education, Elementary School Teachers, Secondary School Teachers
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: France; Sweden