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The Influence of Short-Term Outdoor Ecology Education on Long-Term Variables of Environmental Perspective

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Bogner, Franz X.:
The Influence of Short-Term Outdoor Ecology Education on Long-Term Variables of Environmental Perspective.
In: The Journal of Environmental Education. Vol. 29 (1998) Issue 4 . - pp. 17-29.
ISSN 1940-1892
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/00958969809599124

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The objective of this study has been an empirical evaluation of the ultimate goal of every environmental and ecological education, i.e. fostering responsible environmental behavior, effecting long-term changes of student's attitude towards conservation and nature as well as gaining basic ecological knowledge. The study surveyed a day-long and a week-long version of an outdoor ecology program which has been established for many years in a National Park. For gathering empirical evidence the study was designed as a pre-post-treatment evaluation, and the post-test was delayed for a one-month period after experiencing such an outdoor education program as well as for a six-month period with a subsample. Both programs fostered the cognitive level of the approx. 700 surveyed students and this was evaluated by using multiple-choice knowledge statements. Similarly, the scores within the subdivision 'Human Altered Nature' increased. Furthermore, the week-long program explicitly provoked favorable shifts in the individual behavior, both actual and intended, a parameter which is generally seen as a complex and long-term process. Comparison of the 'average' pupil population with the one which was enrolled for the outdoor education programs surprisingly revealed a more pro-environmental orientation before any education at the nature site took place: Possible reasons for such a pre-selection and/or pre-sensitizing are discussed.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Additional notes: BAYCEER23871
Institutions of the University: 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 > 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
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 500 Science
Date Deposited: 06 May 2015 14:57
Last Modified: 06 May 2015 14:57
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/13003