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The Effects of Learning Environmental Issues through a Short-term Overseas Program in California

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The purpose of this study is to examine Japanese university students' attitudes toward environmental issues through a three-week program in California. The sample consisted of 24 undergraduate students majoring in tourism and participating in the program in California in March 2019. The study focuses on student research and presentations about the causes of wildfires in California and the Zero Mission Vehicle program. This study will include students’ understanding of crucial situations and their comparisons of actions in the US towards environmental problems with those in Japan. Results on a pre- and post-test of the New Ecological Paradigm Scale were used to analyze the attitudes. The following research questions were formulated. 1) Will the participants pay more attention to the environment after the program? 2) Will they retain their attitudes in two months after the experience if they are involved in presentation activities? The results will be discussed at the conference.
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