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Roles of Environmental System Knowledge in Promoting University Students’ Environmental Attitudes and Pro-Environmental Behaviors

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Department of Social Sciences and Humanities, School of Liberal Arts, King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, Bangkok 10140, Thailand
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Department of Psychology, Valaya Alongkorn Rajabhat University under the Royal Patronage, Pratumtani Province 13180, Thailand
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Sustainability 2019, 11(16), 4270; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11164270
Received: 28 June 2019 / Revised: 30 July 2019 / Accepted: 6 August 2019 / Published: 7 August 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Teaching Sustainable Development Goals in Science Education)
This study aims to investigate the role of environmental system knowledge in promoting pro-environmental behaviors. Relationships between environmental knowledge and environmental attitudes as well as environmental knowledge and pro-environmental behaviors were analyzed. Environmental system knowledge includes knowledge of political ecology, sustainable development, environment and ecology, and environmental situations. This study included 128 students enrolling in the elective course entitled “Environment and Development” provided by the King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi in Bangkok city of Thailand and 150 students who were not participating in this course. The results revealed that environmental attitudes of students participating in the course was significantly higher than that of students not attending the course. Only knowledge of the environment and ecology highly correlated with environmental attitudes; on the other hand, diverse environmental knowledge significantly correlated with pro-environmental behaviors. The result also demonstrated that indirect impact environmental behaviors reported by both groups were statistically different, but there was no significant difference in direct impact environmental behaviors. This study suggested that environmental knowledge provided through a formal education could promote environmental attitudes, but it may not contribute to students’ engagement in direct impact environmental behaviors. View Full-Text
Keywords: environmental knowledge; pro-environmental behaviors; environmental attitudes; political ecology; sustainable development environmental knowledge; pro-environmental behaviors; environmental attitudes; political ecology; sustainable development
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Janmaimool, P.; Khajohnmanee, S. Roles of Environmental System Knowledge in Promoting University Students’ Environmental Attitudes and Pro-Environmental Behaviors. Sustainability 2019, 11, 4270.

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