Exploring value orientations toward the human–nature relationship: a comparison of urban youth in Minnesota, USA and Guangdong, China

Jie Li, Julie Ernst

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Abstract

Research exploring urban youths’ value orientations toward the human–nature relationship was conducted with 59 students from a school in Minneapolis, Minnesota (USA) and 51 students from a school in Guangzhou, Guangdong (China). Quantitative findings suggest that the majority of participants in both groups shared a similar value orientation, harmony with nature. Qualitative findings, however, suggest youth had somewhat different value orientations toward the human–nature relationship (interdependence most frequently for the Guangzhou school participants and stewardship for the Minneapolis school participants). Similarities and differences between the groups are discussed, and implications for environmental education are explored.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)556-585
Number of pages30
JournalEnvironmental Education Research
Volume21
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - May 19 2015

Keywords

  • American
  • Chinese
  • human–nature relationship
  • value
  • value orientation
  • worldview

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