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Evaluation of selected recycling curricula: Educating the green citizen

The Journal of Environmental Education (Impact Factor: 0.65). 04/1993; 24(3):17-22. DOI: 10.1080/00958964.1993.9943498

ABSTRACT The authors reviewed past research in environmental education and identified eight variables as strong predictors of conservation behavior change: action skills, knowledge of action strategies, knowledge of the issue, attitudes, locus of control, personal responsibility, sensitivity, and social norms. Using these eight variables, they reviewed 14 solid waste curricula from various programs around the country. The resulting scores demonstrated that solid waste curricula focus mainly on knowledge and include, to a lesser extend, attitude change and action strategies. The authors suggest reasons for the omission of action skills, locus of control, personal responsibility, sensitivity, and social norms and make recommendations to improve the contribution education can make toward mitigating the solid waste crisis and promoting waste-reducing behaviors.

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