Exploring undergraduate students' mental models of the environment: Are they related to environmental affect and behavior?
Liu, Shu-Chiu and Lin, Huann-shyang. (2015). Exploring undergraduate students' mental models of the environment: Are they related to environmental affect and behavior? The Journal of Environmental Education. 46(1), pp. 23 - 40. https://doi.org/10.1080/00958964.2014.953021
|Liu, Shu-Chiu and Lin, Huann-shyang
A draw-and-explain task and questionnaire were used to explore Taiwanese undergraduate students’ mental models of the environment and whether and how they relate to their environmental affect and behavioral commitment. We found that students generally held incomplete mental models of the environment, focusing on objects rather than on processes or relations. Correlations revealed that students who had higher mental model scores tended to demonstrate higher levels of emotional connection and positive commitment to the environment. These findings suggest that a holistic and systemic view of the environment plays an important role in promoting pro-environmental attitudes and behavior.
|environmental affect; environmental behavior; mental models; undergraduate students; understandings of the environment
|The Journal of Environmental Education
|46 (1), pp. 23 - 40
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
|23 - 40
|School of Education
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|Place of publication
|United States of America
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