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Department of Biology Education - Prof. Dr. Franz X. Bogner

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Roczen, N; Kaiser, F; Bogner, FX: Umweltkompetenz - Modellierung, Entwicklung und Förderung [Environmental competency - Modeling, development, and promotion], Zeitschrift für Pädagogik, 56(Beiheft), 126-134 (2010)
When we aim at effectively promoting conservation, we have to identify intellectual and motivational abilities that are preconditions for ecological behavior. These preconditions not only have to be behavior-effective, they should also be appropriate for being addressed in the scope of behavior-change. Environmental knowledge is commonly recognized as an intellectual such precondition. The analysis of motivational sources behind conservation traditionally addressed environmental attitude and people´s morality. Another very promising motivational force, as corroborated by a growing body of research, is a person´s connectedness to nature. In a study with N = 1922 students, we collected data for environmental knowledge, the disposition to connect with nature, and conservation behavior. By modeling these environmental competences´ structure, we aim at a better understanding of the interrelations between environmental knowledge and connectedness, furthermore, we investigate how these environmental competences conjointly affect a person´s conservation performance.
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