Evaluating education for sustainable development (ESD): using Ecocentric and Anthropocentric Attitudes toward the Sustainable Development (EAATSD) scale

Helen Kopnina
  • Environment Development and Sustainability, October 2012, Springer Science + Business Media
  • DOI: 10.1007/s10668-012-9395-z

Measuring environmental attitudes

What is it about?

This is a new environmental attitudes measurement instrument especially helpful for addressing the subject of sustainable development. With the emergence of education for sustainable development (ESD), robust literature on ethics and ESD has emerged; however, ecocentric perspective developed within environmental ethics is marginalized in current ESDebate. The questions discussed in this article are as follows: Why is the distinction between anthropocentric and ecocentric view of environment salient to ESD? How can this distinction be operationalized and measured? Until now, little has been done to address complement quantitative studies of environmental attitudes by qualitative studies, exploring the sociocultural context in which ecocentric or anthropocentric attitudes are being formed. Neither of existing scales engaged with the interface between environmental ethics and sustainable development. This article will discuss ESD in the context of environmental ethics and present the results of the case study conducted with the Dutch Bachelor-level students. Results of qualitative evaluation of the scale measuring ecocentric and anthropocentric attitudes will be presented, and the new Ecocentric and Anthropocentric Attitudes toward the Sustainable Development (EAATSD) scale will be proposed.

Why is it important?

This is a new environmental attitudes measurement instrument especially helpful for addressing the subject of sustainable development

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10668-012-9395-z

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