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Evaluating an Educational Intervention Designed to Foster Environmental Citizenship among Undergraduate University Students

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Civil Society and Sustainability Research Group, Faculty of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, Kaunas University of Technology, 44249 Kaunas, Lithuania
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Belgium & Expertise Centre Urban Education, Research Unit Edubron, Department of Training and Education Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Antwerp, 2000 Antwerp, Belgium
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Department of Teacher Training, Karel de Grote University of Applied Sciences and Arts, 2018 Antwerp, Belgium
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Department of Environmental Science and Agriculture, Faculty of Education, Beit Berl College, Kfar Saba 44905, Israel
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Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL), 8903 Birmensdorf, Switzerland
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Academic Editors: Andreas Ch. Hadjichambis, Pedro Guilherme Rocha dos Reis, Demetra Paraskeva-Hadjichambi, Marta Romero Ariza, Niklas Gericke, Marie Christine P.J. Knippels and Andri Christodoulou
Sustainability 2021, 13(15), 8219; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13158219
Received: 25 June 2021 / Revised: 19 July 2021 / Accepted: 19 July 2021 / Published: 23 July 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Education for Environmental Citizenship)
Taking its primary interest in active environmental citizenship, this paper aims at evaluating a case of an educational intervention designed to foster environmental citizenship among undergraduate students at a technological university. The study employs a survey methodology implementing a recently validated environmental citizenship questionnaire. A randomized pre-group –post-group quasi-experimental survey design explores students’ environmental citizenship attributes before and after the intervention course, ‘Sustainable Development’, in comparison to students who participated in a general elective course, ‘Media Philosophy’. The results show that the participation in the intervention course induced positive change in students’ environmental citizenship in comparison to the control group. Additional analysis indicates that environmental citizenship is significantly related to environmental attitudes, nature experiences during childhood and adolescence, and gender. The article provides a timely contribution shedding light on how specific pedagogical approaches in higher education can foster environmental citizenship. View Full-Text
Keywords: environmental citizenship; education for environmental citizenship; pedagogical approaches in environmental education; sustainable development; promoting sustainability in higher education; connectedness to nature; nature experience environmental citizenship; education for environmental citizenship; pedagogical approaches in environmental education; sustainable development; promoting sustainability in higher education; connectedness to nature; nature experience
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Telešienė, A.; Boeve-de Pauw, J.; Goldman, D.; Hansmann, R. Evaluating an Educational Intervention Designed to Foster Environmental Citizenship among Undergraduate University Students. Sustainability 2021, 13, 8219. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13158219

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Telešienė A, Boeve-de Pauw J, Goldman D, Hansmann R. Evaluating an Educational Intervention Designed to Foster Environmental Citizenship among Undergraduate University Students. Sustainability. 2021; 13(15):8219. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13158219

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Telešienė, Audronė, Jelle Boeve-de Pauw, Daphne Goldman, and Ralph Hansmann. 2021. "Evaluating an Educational Intervention Designed to Foster Environmental Citizenship among Undergraduate University Students" Sustainability 13, no. 15: 8219. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13158219

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