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ERIC Number: EJ1162043
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1350-4622
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.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada (Winnipeg)
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