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Greenhouse affect: the relationship between the sustainable design of schools and children’s environmental attitudes

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posted on 2024-06-03, 09:28 authored by P Izadpanahi, H Elkadi, Richard TuckerRichard Tucker
This study aims to determine if primary school children’s environmental attitudes can be predicted by whether their school had been designed or adapted for sustainability. A New Ecological Paradigm (NEP) scale for children was adopted to measure attitudes, with supplementary questions added to align this scale to the Australian context of the study. In addition, the original adult NEP scale was used to determine relationships between children’s environmental attitudes, their School Design and their Parents’ and Teachers’ Environmental Attitudes. Data collected from grade 4, 5 and 6 primary school children, their parents and teachers were analysed via three multiple regressions. The results indicate that sustainable design in schools improves the environmental attitudes of children towards perceptibly green building features, such as solar panels, the use of recycled water, natural daylighting and outdoor classrooms including food-producing gardens.

History

Journal

Environmental Education Research

Volume

23

Pagination

901-918

Location

Abingdon, Eng.

ISSN

1350-4622

eISSN

1469-5871

Language

English

Publication classification

C Journal article, C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2015, Taylor & Francis

Issue

7

Publisher

ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD