ERIC Number: EJ1162043
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
The Role of Post-Visit Action Resources in Facilitating Meaningful Free-Choice Learning after a Zoo Visit
Bueddefeld, Jill N. H.; Van Winkle, Christine M.
Environmental Education Research, v24 n1 p97-110 2018
Places like zoos, where free-choice learning is encouraged, are important for conveying climate change and sustainability issues to the public. Free-choice learning that targets environmentally focused sustainable behavior changes must be meaningful in order to encourage actual behavior change post-visit. However, visitors often fail to translate their learning into behavior change after a visit. This research explores the role of post-visit action resources (PVARs) in facilitating long-term learning for individual environmental sustainability after a visit to the Leatherdale International Polar Bear Conservation Centre in Winnipeg's Assiniboine Park Zoo in Manitoba, Canada. An embedded mixed-methods research design used personal meaning maps and follow-up interviews to measure free-choice learning; data were analyzed both quantitatively and qualitatively. Findings revealed that the PVARs positively affected free-choice learning after an on-site visit to the zoo. Recommendations and implications are discussed in relation to practical applications and implications for future research in environmental education.
Descriptors: Recreational Facilities, Environmental Education, Informal Education, Behavior Change, Climate, Change, Sustainability, Conservation (Environment), Animals, Interviews, Mixed Methods Research, Foreign Countries, Pretests Posttests, Experimental Groups, Control Groups, Comparative Analysis, Recycling, Energy Conservation, Questionnaires, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Canada (Winnipeg)
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