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ERIC Number: EJ1163215
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1533-015X
Push and Pull Factors Determine Adolescents' Intentions of Participation in Nature Observation: Reconnecting Local Students with Nature in China
Zhang, Weizhe; Williams, Sophie J.; Wang, Ximin; Chen, Jin
Applied Environmental Education and Communication, v16 n4 p247-261 2017
Nature experiences are essential for fostering pro-environmental behavior. In this study, a wildlife observation toolbox was provided to students to encourage participation in nature observation clubs. A total of 340 adolescents joined the clubs. We identified the determinants of participation intentions with a mixed approach combing questionnaires and follow-up interviews. Nature connectedness and previous nature experiences were significant "push" factors for participation intention in nature clubs. No interest in plants and animals as "push" factor discouraged participation. This study highlights the importance of nature connectedness and makes another call for changing adolescents' environmental perception and access to nature.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China
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