Environmental attitudes, connection to nature, and conscientiousness of primary school participants in a green-school programme

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Daly, Margaret
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Higher Diploma in Arts in Psychology
Dublin Business School
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Research focused on the effects of participation in a green-school programme, connection to nature, conscientiousness and parental environmental attitudes on the pro-environmental attitudes of primary school children. Study participants included 55 second class and 40 sixth class primary school students comprising 43 males and 52 females and their respective parent. A cross-sectional correlational survey design was employed. While second class students scored significantly higher on the Connection to Nature Index there was no significant difference between groups on environmental attitudes using the New Ecological Paradigm. A weak negative significant relationship was found between conscientiousness and the pro-environmental attitudes of the child with a weak positive significant correlation established between the pro-environmental attitudes of child and parent