ERIC Number: EJ1177184
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
Does Interpretation Influence Elaboration and Environmental Behaviors?
Powell, Robert B.; Vezeau, Susan Lynn; Stern, Marc J.; Moore, DeWayne D.; Wright, Brett A.
Environmental Education Research, v24 n6 p875-888 2018
Understanding the development of pro-environmental behavioral intentions and behaviors remains one of the greatest challenges for environmental educators worldwide. Using the Elaboration Likelihood Model as a theoretical foundation, we developed surveys to evaluate the influence of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Junior Ranger program on youths' (ages 8-13) elaboration (comprised of awareness, interest, and cognitive engagement) and stewardship behaviors. Results suggest that these programs had significant immediate influences on both elaboration as well as stewardship intentions and behaviors. We then investigated whether elaboration was predictive of children's behavioral intentions and self-reported behaviors associated with stewardship using structural equation modeling (SEM). Results suggest that elaboration accounted for 88% of the variance in participants' stewardship behaviors/intentions.
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Parks, Youth, Residential Programs, Structural Equation Models, Environmental Interpretation, Natural Resources, Conservation Education, Program Evaluation, Attitude Change, Behavior Change, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Influences, Intention, Predictor Variables, Summer Programs, Student Surveys, Statistical Analysis, Pretests Posttests, Regression (Statistics), Gender Differences, Race
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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