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Knowledge acquisition and environmental values in a microplastic learning module : Does the learning environment matter?

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Raab, Patricia ; Bogner, Franz X.:
Knowledge acquisition and environmental values in a microplastic learning module : Does the learning environment matter?
In: Studies in Educational Evaluation. Vol. 71 (December 2021) . - No. 101091.
ISSN 0191-491X
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.stueduc.2021.101091

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Microplastic pollution is a growing issue of concern requiring appropriate classroom instruction. Educational initiatives within this context are supposed to provide relevant background knowledge, raise awareness, and ideally lead to sustainable behavior. We implemented an identical educational module within two different learning environments: formal (in-school) and informal (out-of-school). In both settings, 444 primary school students self-reliably completed hands-on activities at workstations. We monitored students' short-term (directly after the module) and long-term (after six weeks) cognitive achievement. Additionally, when examining the participants' environmental values (Preservation, Utilization) and the Appreciation of Nature, the program similarly appealed to all students independent of the environmental values' intensity. Preservation, Utilization, and the Study Group predicted knowledge levels after program participation; Appreciation did not. While Preservation positively influenced knowledge, Utilization did the contrary. Subsequent implications on learning strategies based on our results are discussed.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Microplastics; Environmental values; Knowledge acquisition; Workstations; Formal and informal learning;, Primary school students
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Biology > Former Professors > Chair Didactics of Biology - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Franz Xaver Bogner
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 370 Education
500 Science > 500 Natural sciences
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2022 06:47
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2022 06:47
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/69157