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Green Awareness in Action : How Energy Conservation Action Forces on Environmental Knowledge, Values and Behaviour in Adolescents’ School Life

DOI zum Zitieren der Version auf EPub Bayreuth: https://doi.org/10.15495/EPub_UBT_00005377
URN to cite this document: urn:nbn:de:bvb:703-epub-5377-0

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Maurer, Michaela ; Koulouris, Pavlos ; Bogner, Franz X.:
Green Awareness in Action : How Energy Conservation Action Forces on Environmental Knowledge, Values and Behaviour in Adolescents’ School Life.
In: Sustainability. Vol. 12 (2020) Issue 3 . - No. 955.
ISSN 2071-1050
DOI der Verlagsversion: https://doi.org/10.3390/su12030955

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Abstract

Affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy consumption is a crucial goal of the Agenda 2030. To raise each citizen’s awareness for more effective energy consumptions, proper education is necessary. The classroom project GAIA (Green Awareness in Action) was designed to change energy consumption patterns to pursue green behaviour. The class-wise aim was to improve schools’ CO2-balance and to promote environmentally sustainable behaviour without impacting school life quality. Our target group were sixth graders (N = 132, M = 11.03, SD ± 0.23, 53.4% = girls) of one Greek school. To monitor the project’s effect, a pre- and post-test design was applied to measure environmental literacy regarding environmental knowledge, attitudes/values and behaviour. A regression analysis revealed that students with poor previous knowledge reached higher learning effects compared to those with good previous knowledge. Related to the environmental knowledge types, an ANCOVA analysis revealed a knowledge gain in action-related and effectiveness knowledge. The overall learning effect correlates positively with pro-environmental preference (high scores in preservation, low scores in utilisation) and negatively with weak pro-environmental preferences. Anthropocentric (utilitarian) preferences primarily focussing on nature exploitation have considerably decreased. The project illustrates how far individual behaviour can be targeted in green educational initiatives

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Keywords: Environmental Education (EE); Education for SustainableDevelopment (ESD); environmental knowledge types and values; Environmental Literacy (EL); moderated regression; sustainability
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 370 Education
500 Science > 500 Natural sciences
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Biology > Chair Didactics of Biology > Chair Didactics of Biology - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Franz Xaver Bogner
Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Biology
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Biology > Chair Didactics of Biology
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Biology > Former Professors
Language: English
Originates at UBT: Yes
URN: urn:nbn:de:bvb:703-epub-5377-0
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2021 10:43
Last Modified: 06 Apr 2021 10:43
URI: https://epub.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/5377

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