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ERIC Number: EJ1159814
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1467-6370
Developing Pro-Environmental Behaviour: Ecotourism Fieldtrip and Experiences
Ting, Ding Hooi; Cheng, Charles Fang Chin
International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, v18 n7 p1212-1229 2017
Purpose: This study aims to assess the effectiveness of a student participatory approach and assessment to achieve an environmentally friendly behaviour and change strategy. Design/methodology/approach Three time-phase studies employed a participatory and experiential case in the form of ecotourism experiential learning and assessment using a sample of 100 higher education students. Findings: The findings suggest that students' participations through the development, implementation and maintenance of nature-based experiences, combined with professional guides in educating students about sustainable practices has significant and positive effects on pro-environmental behaviour (PEB). The study reveals that social-psychological constructs (except environmental awareness) and socio-demographic variables account for variances in PEB intentions and provides managerial implications for marketers on the use of student participation to enhance behaviour. Practical implications: Experiential and guided learning adds value to PEB through performance accomplishments and instrumental support. Social implications: The guiding principles of moral norms and acting in favour of the community (general social pressure and the underlying normative beliefs) lead to a higher tendency to perform according to the ideal behaviour. Originality/value: This study is the first to use student participation, guided learning, tour guides and experiences to transfer the knowledge of PEB to individuals.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Malaysia
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