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ERIC Number: EJ1081842
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1306 3065
Environmental Education and Behavioral Change: An Identity-Based Environmental Education Model
McGuire, Nicholas M.
International Journal of Environmental and Science Education, v10 n5 p695-715 2015
In this paper, the effectiveness of environmental education (EE) programs at fostering ecologically responsible behavior is analyzed through the lens of psychology. In section 1, a critique of knowledge and attitude appeals is presented using contemporary psychological understandings of these constructs to show why many EE programs have been met with mixed results. It is argued that knowledge and attitudes are misunderstood in precisely how they are employed in decision-making and that these misunderstandings hamper the impact of EE programming. In section 2, the theoretical foundation for applying identity research is developed further and is shown to engage both the automatic and controlled cognitive processes--the key distinction of the IBEE model. In section 3, this research is applied to develop a novel program for producing ecologically responsible behavior through EE using self-identity as a more sophisticated and effective behavioral mediator, as is how a "pro-environmental identity" could be developed. Self-identity is a durable and robust behavioral mediator that has been shown to be highly predictive of an individual's behavior and can be shaped to lead one toward ecologically responsible behavior across behavioral domains.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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