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ERIC Number: EJ1108090
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1350-4622
Barriers to Sustainability in Mature-Age Adult Learners: Working toward Identity Change
Martin, Akilah R.; Chen, Joseph C.
Environmental Education Research, v22 n6 p849-867 2016
While research on K-12 environmental education (EE) has been quite robust, there has been less focus on effective approaches for mature-age adult learners. This qualitative study examined perceptions of barriers to sustainability in American, mature-age adult learners. Results revealed two interacting, superordinate themes: personal relevance and social environmental context, which each included several thematic barriers that resulted in a hypothesized model of internalized sustainable identity. This identity is the personal orientation/responsibility toward living a sustainable lifestyle and aligns with other environmentally-based identity models present in the literature. Implications for educators are discussed, including the recommendation to examine EE for mature-age adults through the lens of identity change.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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