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Changes in attitudes, beliefs and behaviour : a critical review of research into the impacts of environmental education initiatives
journal contributionposted on 2017-12-06, 00:00 authored by A Gralton, Mark SinclairMark Sinclair, Kenneth PurnellKenneth Purnell
This paper reviews research literature on the impact of environmental education iniatives on learners' attitudes, beliefs and behaviours. The review focuses on iniatives involving learners of all ages and school -aged learners in particular. The review shows two things. There is some evidence that environmental education iniatives are associated with changed beliefs and attitudes, and this is mainly in the short-term. There is little evidence that environmental education iniatives lead to behavioural change, especially in the longer term. The review concludes that there is a need for more and better research evidence that behavioural change in learners follows from involvement in environmental education.