0.903
IF
1.06
CiteScore
0.510
SJR
1.062
SNIP
Research paper
 
CC-BY 4.0
 
 

A Study on the Impact of Environmental Education on Individuals’ Behaviors Concerning Recycled Water Reuse

Hanliang Fu 1  ,  
 
1
School of Management, Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology, Xi’an 710055, CHINA
EURASIA J. Math., Sci Tech. Ed 2017;13(10):6715–6724
Online publish date: 2017-10-03
Publish date: 2017-10-03
KEYWORDS:
ABSTRACT:
In order to verify whether environmental education can play guiding role among the individuals in terms of the reuse of recycled water, and to further confirm its mechanism of action, a structural equation model was established in this study regarding to the influence of knowledge about recycled water on acceptability of recycled water. Besides, a survey was made among 714 individuals. The structural equation model revealed that high levels of knowledge about recycled water stimulate individuals’ trust in water authorities, and reduce their perceived risk of recycled water. More specially, knowledge about recycled water was reported to be a significant predictor of individuals’ acceptability of recycled water. Individuals’ high levels knowledge about recycled water can affect their acceptability of recycled water indirectly through two different ways, while high levels knowledge about recycled water can reduce the individuals’ perceived risk of recycled water, so it could increase their acceptability of recycled water indirectly. Another influence path is that high levels knowledge about recycled water could reduce individuals’ perceived risk of recycled water by improving their trust in the water authorities, and ultimately improve their acceptability of recycled water. In this paper, it has proved that environmental education has significance guiding effect on individuals in terms of the use of recycled water, and provided a clue as how does environmental education affects individuals’ behavior to use recycled water.
CORRESPONDING AUTHOR:
Hanliang Fu   
School of Management, Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology, Xi’an 710055, China
 
REFERENCES (19):
1. Bentler, P. M., & Bonett, D. G. (1980). Significance tests and goodness of fit in the analysis of covariance structures. Psychological Bulletin, 88(3), 588-606. doi:10.1037/0033-2909.88.3.588.
2. Bogardi, J. J., Dudgeon, D., Lawford, R., Flinkerbusch, E., Meyn, A., Pahl-Wostl, C., Vielhauer, K., & Vörösmarty, C. (2012). Water security for a planet under pressure: interconnected challenges of a changing world call for sustainable solutions. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 4(1), 35-43. doi:10.1016/j.cosust.2011.12.002.
3. Chen, W., Bai, Y., Zhang, W., & Jiao, W. (2015). Perceptions of different stakeholders on reclaimed water reuse: the case of beijing, china. Sustainability, 7(7), 9696-9710. doi:10.3390/su7079696.
4. Chen, Y. (2017). Empirical Study on the Effect of Digital Game-Based Instruction on Students’ Learning Motivation and Achievement. Eurasia Journal of Mathematics Science and Technology Education, 13(7)3177-3187. doi:10.12973/eurasia.2017.00711a.
5. Cheung, G. W., & Rensvold, R. B. (1999). Testing factorial invariance across groups: a reconceptualization and proposed new method. Journal of Management, 25(1), 1-27. doi:10.1177/014920639902500101.
6. Fornell, C., & Larcker, D. F. (1981). Evaluating structural equation models with unobservable variables and measurement error. Journal of Marketing Research, 18(1), 39-50. doi:10.2307/3151312.
7. Hair, B: J. B., Anderson, R. E., & Black, W. C. (1998). Multivariate Data Analysis (5th Ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 677-679.
8. Hurlimann, A. C. (2007). Is recycled water use risky? An urban Australian community’s perspective. Environmentalist, 27(1), 83-94. doi:10.1007/s10669-007-9019-6.
9. Jeffrey, P., & Jefferson, B. (2003). Public receptivity regarding “in-house” water recycling: results from a UK survey. Water Science & Technology Water Supply, 3(3), 109-116.
10. Liefländer, A. K. (2015). Effectiveness of environmental education on water: connectedness to nature, environmental attitudes and environmental knowledge. Environmental Education Research, 21(1), 145-146. doi:10.1080/13504622.2014.927831.
11. Lin, J. (2017) A Cross-Grade Study Validating the Evolutionary Pathway of Student Mental Models in Electric Circuits. Eurasia Journal of Mathematics Science and Technology Education, 13(7) 3099-3137. doi:10.12973/eurasia.2017.00707a.
12. Otway, H. J., & Winterfeldt, D. V. (1982). Beyond acceptable risk: on the social acceptability of technologies. Policy Sciences, 14(3), 247-256. doi:10.1007/BF00136399.
13. Pahl-Wostl, C., Vörösmarty, C., Bhaduri, A., Bogardi, J., Rockström, J., & Alcamo, J. (2013). Towards a sustainable water future: shaping the next decade of global water research. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 5(6), 708-714. doi:10.1016/j.cosust.2013.10.012.
14. Roczen, N., Kaiser, F. G., Bogner, F. X., Wilson, M. (2016). A competence model for environmental education. Environment & Behavior, 46(8), 972-992. doi:10.1177/0013916513492416.
15. Ross, V. L., Fielding, K. S., Louis, W. R. (2014). Social trust, risk perceptions and public acceptance of recycled water: testing a social-psychological model. Journal of Environmental Management, 137(4), 61-68. doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2014.01.039.
16. Rozin, P., Haddad, B., Nemeroff, C., & Slovic, P. (2015). Psychological aspects of the rejection of recycled water: Contamination, purification and disgust. Judgment & Decision Making, 10, 50-63.
17. Siegrist, M., Cvetkovich, G., Roth, C. (2010). Salient value similarity, social trust, and risk/benefit perception. Risk Analysis, 20(3), 353-362. doi:10.1111/0272-4332.203034.
18. Teksoz, G., & Sahin, E. (2012). Modeling environmental literacy of university students. Journal of Science Education & Technology, 21(1), 157-166. doi:10.1007/s10956-011-9294-3.
19. Ting, M. Y. (2017). Definite Integral Automatic Analysis Mechanism Research and Development Using the “Find the Area by Integration” Unit as an Example. Eurasia Journal of Mathematics Science and Technology Education, 13(7), 2883-2896. doi:10.12973/eurasia.2017.00724a.
eISSN:1305-8223
ISSN:1305-8215