Cultivating environmentally responsible citizens in a local university in Hong Kong - evaluating the cognitive, attitudinal, and behavioral outcomes

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Original languageEnglish
Journal / PublicationInternational Research in Geographical and Environmental Education
Online published14 Oct 2019
Publication statusOnline published - 14 Oct 2019


This study examined individual and institutional factors impacting the outcomes of sustainability education in a local university in Hong Kong. Adopting a pre- and post-test design, we found students scored 10.25%, 2.69%, and 0.68% higher on environmental knowledge (p = 0.000), environmental dispositions (p = 0.027), and daily conservation behaviours (p = 0.316), respectively after taking the general education course, “Energy: Today and Tomorrow” at City University of Hong Kong. Advancement in environmental knowledge, stronger environmental dispositions, and pro-environmental behaviours were inter-related and the former was positively associated with the latter. Furthermore, outcomes of environmental education were contingent upon a subject’s learning strategy and socioeconomic status. Policy implications for creating enabling conditions to maximize the benefits of environmental education and pursue Hong Kong’s long term sustainability were also discussed.

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  • Environmental education, experimental test, Hong Kong, impact evaluation, university students

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