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ERIC Number: EJ951880
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jan
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0013-9165
Connection to Nature: Children's Affective Attitude toward Nature
Cheng, Judith Chen-Hsuan; Monroe, Martha C.
Environment and Behavior, v44 n1 p31-49 Jan 2012
A connection to nature index was developed and tested to measure children's affective attitude toward the natural environment. The index was employed through a survey that investigates students' attitude toward Lagoon Quest, a mandatory environmental education program for all fourth-grade, public school students in Brevard County, Florida. Factor analyses were conducted to explore and confirm different factors in the connection to nature index. A path analysis was conducted to examine the association among variables. The results suggest four dimensions in the children's connection to nature index: (a) enjoyment of nature, (b) empathy for creatures, (c) sense of oneness, and (d) sense of responsibility. Children's connection to nature influences their intention to participate in nature-based activities in the future. Children's connection to nature, their previous experience in nature, their perceived family value toward nature, and their perceived control positively influenced their interest in performing environmentally friendly behaviors. (Contains 2 figures and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 4
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida