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This article reviews four bodies of research that shed light on how to promote active care for the environment in children and youth: research on sources of proenvironmental behavior, socialization for democratic skills and values, the development of a personal sense of competence, and the development of collective competence. The article begins with an overview of studies of formative childhood experiences reported by environmental activists and educators, followed by correlational and experimental studies with young people regarding factors associated with their taking action for the environment. Because behaviors with the largest potential benefits for the environment require political engagement, the article also reviews experiences associated with young people’s interest and engagement in public issues. Action for the environment in the home or in public arena like schools and communities requires a personal sense of competence and a sense of collective competence, or confidence in one’s ability to achieve goals by working with a group. Therefore experiences that promote the development of these assets are summarized as well. The conclusion compares major findings in these different fields and discusses implications for environmental educators.

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Url : http://www.colorado.edu/cedar/sites/default/files/attached-files/Chawla,%20L.%20&%20Flanders%20Cushing,%20D.%20(2007).%20Education%20for%20strategic%20environmental%20behavior.Environmental%20Education%20Research,%2013(4),%20437-452..pdf
Languages : English
Published by : Environmental Education Research
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Priority Action Area : Priority Action Area 4 Empowering and mobilizing youth
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Themes :
    Sustainable cities and human settlements
Regions : North America and the Caribbean
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