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Live green, think green: Sustainable school architecture and children's environmental attitudes and behaviors

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posted on 2024-06-03, 09:28 authored by Richard TuckerRichard Tucker, P Izadpanahi
This study aimed to determine whether the environmental attitudes and behaviors of children attending primary schools designed or adapted for sustainability are different from those of children attending conventional schools. An NEP (Children@school) scale was developed to measure children's environmental attitudes and a GEB (Children@school) scale was developed to measure children's environmental behaviors. Data collected from children aged between 10 and 12 years were analyzed using multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA). The findings indicate that children attending primary schools designed to engage them with sustainable design had significantly more pro-environmental attitudes and behaviors. Thus, it is suggested that pedagogies for environmental education should be developed that require children to directly engage when learning with sustainable design features such as solar panels, the use of recycled water, natural daylighting, gardens and outdoor classrooms.

History

Journal

Journal of Environmental Psychology

Volume

51

Pagination

209-216

Location

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

ISSN

0272-4944

eISSN

1522-9610

Language

English

Publication classification

C Journal article, C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2017, Elsevier

Publisher

ACADEMIC PRESS LTD- ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD