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Informal learning in nature education promotes ecological conservation behaviors of nature reserve employees-A preliminary study in China
Gong, Yuanchao1,2; Li, Yang3; Zhang, Linxiu4,5; Sun, Yan1,2
First AuthorGong, Yuanchao
Correspondent Emailsuny@psych.ac.cn (y. sun)
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Abstract

Nature education based on natural environments, such as nature reserves, has been thriving worldwide for several decades with abundant positive results concerning improvement in public environmental attitude and behaviors. However, whether the public-oriented nature education can also indirectly reach out to benefit employees, namely, employees' "informal learning in nature education", remains understudied. The present study addressed this gap by making a preliminary exploration in fifteen nature reserves in China with an online survey, and we found that employees could be positively affected by informally acquired nature education in terms of increased self-reported ecological conservation behaviors. Besides, we revealed the underlying mechanism that drives this positive effect-employees' indirectly acquired nature education could increase their environmental competence, leading to improved self-efficacy, which in turn elevates ecological conservation behaviors. We thereby discussed the implications of these results, offered practical suggestions for policy making, management practice and employees' selfenhancing, and we also identified directions for future research.

KeywordInformal learning Nature reserve employees Ecological conservation behaviors Environmental competence Self-efficacy
2021-11-01
Language英语
DOI10.1016/j.gecco.2021.e01814
Source PublicationGLOBAL ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION
Volume31Pages:10
Subtype实证研究
Indexed BySCI
Funding ProjectMajor Project of National Social Science Foundation of China[19ZDA107]
PublisherELSEVIER
WOS KeywordPRO-ENVIRONMENTAL BEHAVIOR ; BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION ; SELF-EFFICACY ; ATTITUDES ; CONNECTEDNESS ; COMPETENCE ; SPILLOVER ; GENDER
WOS Research AreaBiodiversity & Conservation ; Environmental Sciences & Ecology
WOS SubjectBiodiversity Conservation ; Ecology
WOS IDWOS:000704582400008
WoS QuartileQ1
Funding OrganizationMajor Project of National Social Science Foundation of China
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.psych.ac.cn/handle/311026/40662
Collection中国科学院行为科学重点实验室
Corresponding AuthorSun, Yan
Affiliation1.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Psychol, Key Lab Behav Sci, Beijing 100101, Peoples R China
2.Univ Chinese Acad Sci, Dept Psychol, Beijing 100049, Peoples R China
3.Beijing Technol & Business Univ, Sch Business, Beijing 100048, Peoples R China
4.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Geog Sci & Nat Resources Res, Key Lab Ecosyst Network Observat & Modelling, Beijing 100101, Peoples R China
5.United Nations Environm Programme Int Ecosyst Man, Beijing 100101, Peoples R China
First Author AffilicationKey Laboratory of Behavioral Science, CAS
Corresponding Author AffilicationKey Laboratory of Behavioral Science, CAS
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Gong, Yuanchao,Li, Yang,Zhang, Linxiu,et al. Informal learning in nature education promotes ecological conservation behaviors of nature reserve employees-A preliminary study in China[J]. GLOBAL ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION,2021,31:10.
APA Gong, Yuanchao,Li, Yang,Zhang, Linxiu,&Sun, Yan.(2021).Informal learning in nature education promotes ecological conservation behaviors of nature reserve employees-A preliminary study in China.GLOBAL ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION,31,10.
MLA Gong, Yuanchao,et al."Informal learning in nature education promotes ecological conservation behaviors of nature reserve employees-A preliminary study in China".GLOBAL ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION 31(2021):10.
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