The role of environment clubs in promoting ecocentrism in secondary schools: student identity and relationship to the earth

Smith, W 2019, 'The role of environment clubs in promoting ecocentrism in secondary schools: student identity and relationship to the earth', Journal of Environmental Education, vol. 50, no. 1, pp. 52-71.


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Title The role of environment clubs in promoting ecocentrism in secondary schools: student identity and relationship to the earth
Author(s) Smith, W
Year 2019
Journal name Journal of Environmental Education
Volume number 50
Issue number 1
Start page 52
End page 71
Total pages 20
Publisher Routledge
Abstract This qualitative study used a deep ecology lens and the New Environmental Paradigm to investigate anthropocentrism and ecocentrism in 30 secondary school environment club students from three schools in Victoria, Australia. The work repositions the deep ecology philosophy as a posthumanist/relational ideology, providing novel perspectives based on kinship with the earth. Open-ended interviews assessed the alignment of attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors along a Deep Ecology Spectrum. Key aspects of deep ecology were confirmed through the study findings including biospherical egalitarianism, limits to growth, wildlife preservation, anti-consumerism, environmental activism, and ecological identity.
Subject Environmental Sociology
Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified
Environmental Philosophy
Keyword(s) anthropocentrism
consumerism
deep ecology
ecocentrism
ecological self
education
secondary
DOI - identifier 10.1080/00958964.2018.1499603
Copyright notice © 2019 Taylor and Francis Group, LLC
ISSN 0095-8964
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