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Greenhouse effect: the relationship between the sustainable design of schools and children’s environmental attitudes

Izadpanahi, P, Elkadi, H and Tucker, R 2015, 'Greenhouse effect: the relationship between the sustainable design of schools and children’s environmental attitudes' , Environmental Education Research , pp. 1-18.

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Abstract

This study aims to determine if primary school children’s environmental attitudes can be predicted by whether their school had been designed or adapted for sustainability. A New Ecological Paradigm (NEP) scale for children was adopted to measure attitudes, with supplementary questions added to align this scale to the Australian context of the study. In addition, the original adult NEP scale was used to determine relationships between children’s environmental attitudes, their School Design and their Parents’ and Teachers ‘Environmental Attitudes. Data collected from grade 4, 5 and 6 primary school children, their parents and teachers were analysed via three multiple regressions. The results indicate that Sustainable design in schools improves the environmental attitudes of children towards perceptibly green building features, such as solar panels, the use of recycled water, natural daylighting and outdoor classrooms including food-producing gardens.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Built and Human Environment
Schools: Schools > School of Computing, Science and Engineering
Schools > School of the Built Environment
Journal or Publication Title: Environmental Education Research
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1350-4622
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Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: Professor Hisham Elkadi
Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2015 17:29
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2016 19:32
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/36162

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