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Child-orientated environmental education influences adult knowledge and household behaviour - IOPscience

Child-orientated environmental education influences adult knowledge and household behaviour - IOPscience | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Environmental education is frequently undertaken as a conservation intervention designed to change the attitudes and behaviour of recipients. Much conservation education is aimed at children, with the rationale that children influence the attitudes of their parents, who will consequently change their behaviour. Empirical evidence to substantiate this suggestion is very limited, however. For the first time, the researchers used a controlled trial to assess the influence of wetland-related environmental education on the knowledge of children and their parents and household behaviour. They demonstrate adults exhibiting greater knowledge of wetlands and improved reported household water management behaviour when their child has received wetland-based education at Seychelles wildlife clubs. The research team distinguishes between 'folk' knowledge of wetland environments and knowledge obtained from formal education, with intergenerational transmission of each depending on different factors. This study provides the first strong support for the suggestion that environmental education can be transferred between generations and indirectly induce targeted behavioural changes.

 

P Damerell, C Howe and E J Milner-Gulland

Published 12 februari 2013

 

You can download the article at: http://iopscience.iop.org/1748-9326/8/1/015016/article

 

 


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Children's self-control may help keep them thin as adults

Children's self-control may help keep them thin as adults | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The ability to delay gratification as a child may lower a person's chances of being overweight later in life, according to new research.

 

Researchers found that people who were better able to put off receiving a reward at age 4 had lower body mass indexes (BMIs) three decades later, when the researchers followed up with them. For every minute that children resisted the temptation to eat a marshmallow placed in front of them, their BMIs decreased by . . .

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Food logos light up kids' 'pleasure' centers

Food logos light up kids' 'pleasure' centers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

This child's brain -- brought to you by McDonald's.

 

Finally, there's proof of what most parents already know: food ads work really well on kids.

 

Researchers have found the most popular food companies have branded the brains of young people in such a powerful and genetic way, just seeing a logo trips the pleasure and reward switches in their young heads.

 

This means, on cue, if they see certain company names, their appetite controls are triggered. Although the same doesn't happen with logos for items not connected to food -- say, BMW versus Rice Krispies. . . .

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