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Title
Participatory school experiences as facilitators for adolescents' ecological behavior
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Abstract
This study investigates how sustainability-related in-school experiences, through psycho-social variables, influence adolescents' out-of-school general ecological intentions and behaviors. Data from a nationally representative sample of 2361 Finnish adolescents was used to test a hypothetical model. Effects of school experiences were studied using structural equation modeling. Excellent model fit showed that in-school agency and prosocial experience enhance adolescents' pro-environmental values, personal norms and self-efficacy for general ecological behavior. Ecological and pro-environmental intentions and behaviors outside of school were strengthened by the psycho-social constructs, especially by pro-environmental value and self-efficacy. In-school agency and prosocial experiences had stronger effects on psycho-social constructs, while the effect of ecological experiences was low. The model suggests that school's sustainability education should not provide only ecological experiences, but more importantly connect pro-social and agency experiences through an approach that emphasizes pro-environmental values and self-efficacy for general ecological behavior.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Journal of environmental psychology. - London
Publication
London : 2015
ISSN
0272-4944
Volume/pages
43(2015), p. 55-65
ISI
000361933400006
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Creation 29.05.2015
Last edited 26.11.2017
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