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Teachers’ and Student Teachers’ Attitudes towards Nature and the Environment – A Comparative Study between Sweden and France

Journal article
Authors Eva Nyberg
Jérémy Castéra
Birgitta Mc Ewen
Niklas Gericke
Pierre Clément
Published in Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research
ISSN 0031-3831
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Pedagogical, Curricular and Professional Studies
Language en
Keywords environmental attitudes, anthropocentrism, ecocentrism, education
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Throughout the world, the educational system is expected to deal with issues regarding sustainability and to promote pro-environmental behaviours and attitudes. This study investigates attitudes towards nature and the environment among 1109 teachers and student teachers in Sweden and France, using the 2 factor Model of Environmental Values (2-MEV). The results imply that in both Sweden and France, teachers and student teachers hold a prevailingly ecocentric attitude, as opposed to an anthropocentric attitude, which possibly indicates a predominantly positive approach towards the environment and environmental education. Comparisons between the countries show, however, that the Swedish teachers and student teachers hold a more anthropocentric attitude than the teachers and student teachers in the French sample.

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