ERIC Number: EJ1162099
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Improving Sustainable Living Education through the Use of Formative Experiments
Wynveen, Brooklynn J.
Journal of Education for Sustainable Development, v11 n1 p14-32 Mar 2017
Experts agree that overconsumption is a major problem in Western culture today, particularly in the United States. Thus, it is important to promote sustainable behaviour among the general public. However, existing educational programming geared towards promoting such behaviour remains appealing largely to environmentally motivated audiences, as opposed to individuals with alternative motivations. In response to this discrepancy, I conducted a formative experiment aimed at (a) fostering participation among non-environmentally motivated individuals in sustainable living educational programming and (b) obtaining behaviour change commitments from those participants. While formative and design-based experiments are relatively familiar to education researchers, they have not typically been applied to research aimed at improving sustainable living education. Hence, the research process and results outlined here represent an effort to extend an existing research approach into a novel area of inquiry. The findings presented hold implications for both researchers and practitioners in the field of sustainable living education.
Descriptors: Sustainability, Sustainable Development, Environmental Education, Behavior Change, Formative Evaluation, Community Organizations, Churches, Females, Higher Education, Interviews, College Students, Workshops, Intervention, Consciousness Raising, Life Style
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Texas
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