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ERIC Number: EJ1179163
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Mar
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0814-0626
Underwater Photo-Elicitation: A New Experiential Marine Education Technique
Andrews, Steve; Stocker, Laura; Oechel, Walter
Australian Journal of Environmental Education, v34 n1 p60-33 Mar 2018
Underwater photo-elicitation is a novel experiential marine education technique that combines direct experience in the marine environment with the use of digital underwater cameras. A program called Show Us Your Ocean! (SUYO!) was created, utilising a mixed methodology (qualitative and quantitative methods) to test the efficacy of this technique. Participants (adults and high school students) snorkelled, explored the ocean, and captured images both in and out of the water. Underwater photo-elicitation was proven effective at increasing awareness, eliciting emotional reactions, and fostering a sense of connection to the ocean. However, it was not necessarily effective for raising awareness of environmental issues nor for motivating pro-environmental behaviour. Interestingly, while some attitudes about and behaviours toward the ocean did become more environmentally sensitive, others appeared to shift unexpectedly away from environmental concern. This result was perhaps due to the lack in the program of an ecological knowledge-based component. Participants enjoying the beauty of the ocean did not realise the threats facing it or what to do about these. If the goal is to achieve significant attitude change and cultivate pro-environmental behaviour, this new approach should be supplemented with critical thinking/action competence and ecological/ocean literacy.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
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Language: English
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