High school commuters. Sustainability education on students’ mobility behaviours and perceptions of their everyday landscape

Margherita Cisani

Abstract


Geographic education has the ability to easily connect everyday practices and experiences to global issues and trends, linking students’ everyday life with science and society and more generally allowing students to
appreciate the complexity of life. Landscape and mobility provide key concepts to help students understand the relationships between society and ecosystems, especially as these notions directly relate to everyday
experience. The main goal of this article is to describe the results of an experiment on sustainable mobility in which high school students were asked to make a change in their commuting behaviours: walking or
cycling instead of using other means of transportation. The data collected through an online survey and the production of mental maps enabled the researcher and the students to reflect on their commuting behaviours
and the perceptions of the everyday landscape in relation to mobility. This article explains the methodology and the data collected and offers some considerations on the sample analysed and on the theoretical
underpinnings of the experiment.

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Sponsoring Organizations:


Sapienza Università di Roma University of Helsinki Università di Torino Western Michigan University

EUGEO


With the support of:


ESRI Italia ESRI ESA

Publisher:
Edizioni Nuova Cultura

 

Online ISSN: 2281 - 5694 Print ISSN: 2281 – 4310 © 2013 - Edizioni Nuova Cultura