Title
Participatory school experiences as facilitators for adolescents' ecological behaviorParticipatory school experiences as facilitators for adolescents' ecological behavior
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Instructional and Educational Sciences
Research group
EduBROn
Publication type
article
Publication
London,
Subject
Psychology
Educational sciences
Chemistry
Biology
Source (journal)
Journal of environmental psychology. - London
Volume/pages
43(2015), p. 55-65
ISSN
0272-4944
ISI
000361933400006
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
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.
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