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Exploring the Role of Visual Eco-Art Education in promoting Human-Nature Connectedness: A Scoping Review

Heuver, Karlijn Anniek (2024) Exploring the Role of Visual Eco-Art Education in promoting Human-Nature Connectedness: A Scoping Review.

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Abstract:Human-nature connectedness plays a role in promoting eco-friendly behaviour. However, despite the urgency of the environmental challenges, humanity is witnessing a gap between the desired sustainability goals and the current human behaviours. Visual eco-art education is a promising way to bridge this gap by increasing human-nature connectedness through integrating environmental education with visual art education. This scoping review aims to explore what the extent and nature of empirical research is on how the implementation of visual eco-art education programs foster human-nature connectedness and how successful these programs are. The review systematically examines eleven articles. Results show a diverse range of conceptualization within this field, encompassing varied terminology and concepts. However, underlying definitions often align, emphasizing the essence of integrating cognitive, affective, and experiential elements to embed human-nature connectedness in the participants. Findings indicate a positive relation between participating in visual eco-art education programs and human-nature connectedness. However, there are limitations such as sample group biases, methodological challenges, and unclear cause-and-effect relationships identified across the included studies. It is concluded that there is a need for standardized terminology, further exploration of the relationship between concepts, and longitudinal studies to assess long-term program effects.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:20 art studies, 21 art forms, 43 environmental science, 77 psychology, 80 pedagogy, 81 education, teaching
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
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