Can environmental education increase student-athletes’ environmental behaviors?
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Lauren E. Mullenbach & Gary T. Green
Pages: 1-18 | DOI: 10.1080/13504622.2016.1241218
Environmental education was incorporated within a mentoring program (i.e. treatment group) for student-athletes at the University of Georgia. These student-athletes’ environmental attitudes, behavioral intent, knowledge, self-efficacy, self-regulatory learning, motivation, and learning strategies were assessed before and after their environmental education mentoring program. Results indicated student-athletes in the treatment group improved their self-reported environmental behaviors (t(32) = 2.34, p = 0.03) and self-efficacy (t(32) = 2.07, p = 0.04). However, future research should seek to determine how traits of student-athletes, such as their gender and chosen sport, may impact their level of environmental literacy and any possible impacts due to their mentors’ environmental values.
Keywords: Environmental behavior, environmental education, student-athletes