Ecological dynamics as a theoretical framework for development of sustainable behaviours towards the environment

BRYMER, E and DAVIDS, Keith (2013). Ecological dynamics as a theoretical framework for development of sustainable behaviours towards the environment. Environmental Education Research, 19 (1), 45-63.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13504622.2012.677416
Link to published version:: 10.1080/13504622.2012.677416

Abstract

This paper proposes how the theoretical framework of ecological dynamics can provide an influential model of the learner and the learning process to pre-empt effective behaviour changes. Here we argue that ecological dynamics supports a well-established model of the learner ideally suited to the environmental education context because of its emphasis on the learner–environment relationship. The model stems from perspectives on behaviour change in ecological psychology and dynamical systems theory. The salient points of the model are highlighted for educators interested in manipulating environmental constraints in the learning process, with the aim of designing effective learning programmes in environmental education. We conclude by providing generic principles of application which might define the learning process in environmental education programmes.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Sports Engineering Research
Identification Number: 10.1080/13504622.2012.677416
Depositing User: Carole Harris
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2013 15:29
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2013 15:29
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/7535

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