Title
The effect of eco-schools on childrens environmental values and behaviour
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Instructional and Educational Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
London ,
Subject
Educational sciences
Biology
Human medicine
Source (journal)
Journal of biological education. - London
Volume/pages
47(2013) :2 , p. 96-103
ISSN
0021-9266
ISI
000319722600004
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
The study examines the effectiveness of eco-schools concerning their students environmental values and environmental behaviour, and includes 1287 children from fifty-nine schools (thirty-eight eco-schools and twenty-one control schools) in Flanders. Controlling for effects of gender and socio-economic status, analyses show that eco-schools have no effect on the environmental behaviour of their students or on their preservation values. Eco-school students do, however, show lower utilisation values than control school students. Results furthermore indicate that preservation values and not utilisation values impact environmental behaviour. Eco-schools thus seem to be applying a pedagogical approach that impacts only on utilisation values but through that fails to affect their students preservation values and, with those, their environmental behaviour. Directions for future research are suggested.
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