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How to promote conservation behaviours: the combined role of environmental education and commitment

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  • Aug, 2016

Barata, R., Castro, P. & Martins-Loução, M.A. (2016) How to promote conservation behaviours: the combined role of environmental education and commitment. 

Environmental Education Research, Online early, . DOI:10.1080/13504622.2016.1219317 (IF2016 1,709; Q1 Education & Educational Research)
Summary:

This study tested the influence of both environmental education (EE) and commitment interventions among teenagers for promoting energy and water conservation at home. Conservation behaviours were measured in two ways – directly and through questionnaires – prior to and after the interventions. Results indicate (1) EE participants may have saved more energy than non-participants and (2) those signing a public commitment saved more energy and water than those who did not. Results from the questionnaire measures demonstrated the importance of EE for promoting ecological self-identity and a personal norm for energy conservation. Based on these results the use of commitment interventions in EE initiatives for promoting conservation behaviours among teenagers is proposed.


http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13504622.2016.1219317