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Home energy conservation: psychological and environmental worldviews

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dc.contributor.advisor Phillips, Ronald G. en_US
dc.contributor.author Felts, Anne en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2010-02-23T17:15:23Z
dc.date.available 2010-02-23T17:15:23Z
dc.date.issued 2008 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2008 Fall en
dc.identifier.other FeltsA-120208-T11541 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10355/5746
dc.description The entire thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file; a non-technical public abstract appears in the public.pdf file. en_US
dc.description Title from PDF of title page (University of Missouri--Columbia, viewed on September 22, 2009). en_US
dc.description Thesis advisor: Ronald G. Phillips. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references. en_US
dc.description M.S. University of Missouri--Columbia 2008. en_US
dc.description Dissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- Architectural studies. en_US
dc.description.abstract With recent changes in the economy and a dwindling supply of natural resources, energy conservation is a very relevant and important concern among homeowners. Each homeowner has a unique perception of environmental issues, including energy conservation, and yet all are similarly influenced. These different perceptions are based, in part, on differences in preferred worldviews. It is argued here that more effective educational delivery methods could be employed if they were based on these individual worldview preferences. This study investigates both psychological and environmental worldviews in light of energy conservation education. Using psychological worldview theory and environmental worldview theory, this research contributes to better understanding of individuals who are interested in home energy conservation. The research provides knowledge that will improve education delivery to help motivate individuals to conserve energy in the home. An online survey was distributed to a University Extension listserv composed of individuals who were interested in receiving more information about home energy conservation. The survey consisted of a psychological paradigmatic theory inventory and the revised New Environmental Paradigm scale. This research supports the assumption that there are many different ways of understanding environmental issues; no way is more correct than any other, but some are more preferred than others. It suggests that by targeting each individual's worldview and the way she/he comes to know and approaches environmental issues, researchers and educators can begin to contribute in a more individually meaningful manner rather than continuing to treat people as an aggregate homogenous whole. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher University of Missouri--Columbia en_US
dc.relation.ispartof 2008 Freely available theses (MU) en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Energy conservation en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Architecture and energy conservation en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Environmental psychology en_US
dc.title Home energy conservation: psychological and environmental worldviews en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
thesis.degree.discipline Architectural studies en_US
thesis.degree.grantor University of Missouri--Columbia en_US
thesis.degree.name M.S. en_US
thesis.degree.level Masters en_US
dc.identifier.merlin .b71029047 en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 437427492 en_US
dc.relation.ispartofcommunity University of Missouri-Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertations. Theses. 2008 Theses


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