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Educ. Sci. 2017, 7(1), 17; doi:10.3390/educsci7010017

Exploring the Influence of Nature Relatedness and Perceived Science Knowledge on Proenvironmental Behavior

Department of Education, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 59717-2880, USA
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Received: 27 September 2016 / Revised: 2 January 2017 / Accepted: 6 January 2017 / Published: 14 January 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainability, Environment and Education)
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Abstract

This study was undertaken to investigate the factors influencing proenvironmental behavior of individuals residing in the Northern Rocky Mountains (N = 267). Measures of relatedness to nature and perceived science knowledge were collected through a convenience sample approach using multiple avenues such as city email lists, organizational newsletters, and social media channels. Analysis of the data was conducted using both partial least squares and covariance based structural equation modeling to explore the relationships between the constructs. Additionally, qualitative definitions of proenvironmental behavior were investigated in order to address potential gaps between self-reported and observed behaviors. Quantitative findings show a renewed positive connection between science education, nature relatedness, and proenvironmental behaviors. Furthermore, qualitative findings suggest positive relationships between how publicly people are willing to share their passion for the outdoors and their willingness to engage in proenvironmental behaviors. View Full-Text
Keywords: nature relatedness; proenvironmental behavior; science education; partial least squares structural equation modeling (PLS-SEM); covariance based structural equation modeling (CB-PLS) nature relatedness; proenvironmental behavior; science education; partial least squares structural equation modeling (PLS-SEM); covariance based structural equation modeling (CB-PLS)
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Obery, A.; Bangert, A. Exploring the Influence of Nature Relatedness and Perceived Science Knowledge on Proenvironmental Behavior. Educ. Sci. 2017, 7, 17.

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