Effects of environmental education programming on student-athletes’ environmental and academic orientations
Mullenbach, Lauren Elizabeth
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The pursuit of environmental literacy is typically undertaken through environmental education. Environmental literacy is critical for today’s generation of university students, yet is sometimes not within reach of all students. Student-athletes, many of whom are at-risk academically, often miss opportunities to achieve environmental literacy. Therefore, this study sought to close the gap between student-athletes and environmental knowledge and skills. Student-athletes participated in environmental education through the Athletic Association mentoring program. Environmental attitudes, behaviors, and knowledge, self-efficacy, self-regulatory learning, motivation, and use of learning strategies were measured in a pretest-posttest survey developed by the researchers. Cronbach’s alpha reliability coefficients for each scale were above 0.7, and all item loadings were above 0.5. Independent samples t-tests revealed increases in environmental behaviors (t(32) = 2.34, p = 0.03), self-efficacy (t(32) = 2.07, p = 0.04), and environmental attitudes (t(32) = 1.83, p = 0.07). Future research examining differences between groups and with other programs, such as tutoring, is recommended.
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