We'd like to understand how you use our websites in order to improve them. Register your interest. 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?
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We'd like to understand how you use our websites in order to improve them. Register your interest. 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.
This is a preview of subscription content, log in to check access. Rent this article via DeepDyve. Indeed, racism in this view might be no more salient than conflicts between different subspecies of hyenas, and sexism could be compared to concerns about the slaughter of praying mantis male by post-coital female. There are notable exceptions to anthropocentric bias in ESD. One initiative that has been developed during the DESD that shows that these generalizations do not hold is a special issue of The Journal of Education for Sustainable Development the Earth Charter Volume 4, Number 2, , do emphasized ecological values and ethics and included articles referencing non-anthropocentric views of biodiversity e.
Sarabhai In the course, students and instructors explore traditional definitions of ethics and sustainability, which sets the stage for engaging with the Earth Charter and thinking beyond anthropocentric views. The study of literary words through the lens of the Earth Charter allows students the opportunity to broaden their listening to include the forgotten voices of the natural world and of our elders.
In view of these findings, originally two studies were reported by Thompson and Barton to develop the Ecocentric and Anthropocentric Attitudes towards the Environment scale EAATE will need to be further tested.
The study was conducted at the Logan International Airport in Boston. One hundred and twenty-nine respondents 58 females and 51 male completed the questionnaires, ranging in age from 19 to Some students who were generally sympathetic to ecocentrism actually preferred zoos—since they have never been to wildlife reserves. Generally, ecocentrically inclined students preferred not to go camping unless financially necessitated. This may have to do with the fact that Dutch camping implies groomed caravan parks with neither of the typical wilderness activities, such as open fires or fishing allowed.
Belief in resilience of nature and its strength was not necessarily seen as undermining ecocentric values. Students indicated that disregarding of their values and orientations, some animals, like monkeys, did seem human to them. Similarly, anthropocentrically inclined students still felt that humans are part of the ecosystem. Item 19 One of the most important reasons to keep lakes and rivers clean is so that people have a place to enjoy water sports has been changed to The most important reason to keep lakes and rivers clean is so that people have a place to have drinking water.
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Ecocentric and Anthropocentric Attitudes Toward the Environment
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