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The Influences of Socio-demographic Factors, and Non-formal and Informal Learning Participation on Adult Environmental Behaviors

Author(s): Cynthia L. B. DIGBY

Journal: International Electronic Journal of Environmental Education
ISSN 2146-0329

Volume: 3;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 37;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: Environmental literacy | environmental education | environmental behavior | informal environmental learning | non-formal environmental learning

Multiple factors are likely to influence adult literacy regarding the natural environment and environmental issues, but very little research has been carried out in this area. The research presented in this article is intended to help address this information gap, by investigating influences on adult environmental literacy using data from a Minnesota environmental literacy survey. The article presents the research findings regarding the influence of demographicfactors and of non-formal and informal learning on environmental behavior, one of the key dimensions of environmental literacy. Results from this study indicated that environmental behavior prediction was most improved by adding non-formal and informal learningparticipation. These results suggest that non-formal and informal learning options should be looked at more carefully for predictive possibilities.
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