EcoArt Therapy as a Factor of Students’ Environmental Consciousness Development

Elena I. Cherdymova, Alexey I. Prokopyev, Taisiya V. Karpenkova, Sergey A. Pravkin, Natalia S. Ponomareva, Olga M. Kanyaeva, Liliya Z. Ryazapova, Aleksander F. Anufriev

Ekoloji, 2019, Issue 107, Pages: 687-693, Article No: e107085

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Abstract

Relevance of the research: The relevance of the problem in question is determined by the need to study, build and develop environmental consciousness, its levels, and components, by using such an innovative method as EcoArt Therapy. The research objective: To study the main features and patterns of development of students’ environmental consciousness by means of EcoArt Therapy approach. The research objective is to identify the effectiveness of the influence of EcoArt Therapy methods on building a person’s environmental consciousness and its structural components such as knowledge, attitude, mindset, and intention, by theoretical research and experimental study. The research methods: The leading research method for this issue was the experimental one, which allowed making a qualitative selection of EcoArt Therapy methods affecting the development of students’ environmental consciousness. The research results: The paper provides a thorough and detailed analysis of the concept of EcoArt Therapy. The fundamentals and features of the EcoArt Therapy approach were highlighted. The authors paid special attention to the development of exercises and the selection of materials for doing them effectively in order to develop students’ environmental consciousness and its structural components. It is made clear that the EcoArt Therapy approach significantly affects the level of development of such structural components of environmental consciousness as environmental attitude and environmental intention, which is the best indicator for further environmentally-oriented activities. Practical relevance: The data in hand can be used in pedagogy, applied psychology, environmental psychology, sociology, as well as for further theoretical development of this topic.

Keywords

students, EcoArt Therapy, EcoArt Therapy approach, environmental consciousness

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