Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Cultivating hope: The emotional side of environmental education
by Imbur, Becca Obert, M.A., Prescott College, 2009, 104; 1465375
Abstract (Summary)

The Earth Sustainability program at Virginia Tech University is a two year general education curriculum with a sustainability theme. In this research based thesis, I studied the emotional process of 12 female Earth Sustainability students as they navigate the heady issues of global environmental change. My guiding question is “What is the emotional process of 18-20 year old female students’ in higher education in regards to environmental degradation?” Using Grounded Theory (Glaser and Strauss, 1999) as my primary research method, I coded reflection assignments to discover an emotional process through which these young women navigate global environmental change. I explore blame, guilt, denial, and anger as expressed by the young women as they learn more about our planetary plight. Finally, I look at hope as a key emotion to action in regards to environmental work and why without hope, teaching environmental degradation is an exercise in futility.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Matlock, Debbie
Commitee: Barnes, Ph.D., Joel, Williams, Ph.D., Jerry
School: Prescott College
Department: Education / Environmental Education Leadership and Administration
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: MAI 47/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Behavioral psychology, Higher education, Environmental science
Keywords: Emotional process, Global environmental change, Grief
Publication Number: 1465375
ISBN: 9781109187458
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