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    Author(s): David Graefe; Hans Vogelsong
    Date: 2008
    Source: In: LeBlanc, Cherie; Vogt, Christine, comps. Proceedings of the 2007 northeastern recreation research symposium; 2007 April 15-17; Bolton Landing, NY. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-23. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 277-282.
    Publication Series: Other
    Station: Northern Research Station
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    Environmental degradation resulting from human habits and behaviors has become an increasingly important issue in contemporary society. One organization working to encourage coastal environmental sustainability is North Carolina Sea Grant, which publishes the educational magazine Coastwatch. It is NC Sea Grant's desire that coast-related environmental information in Coastwatch will encourage behaviors favoring sustainability. During the summer of 2006, researchers at East Carolina University conducted a survey with 800 Coastwatch subscribers. This study examined reader characteristics and preferences as well as levels of reported increased knowledge and behavior change among subscribers. The results of this study show a positive relationship between increases in knowledge and changes in behavior regarding 11 separate coastal issues.

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    Graefe, David; Vogelsong, Hans. 2008. Environmental education as a catalyst for behavior change: a study of the effects of Coastwatch Magazine on subscriber environmental knowledge and behavior. In: LeBlanc, Cherie; Vogt, Christine, comps. Proceedings of the 2007 northeastern recreation research symposium; 2007 April 15-17; Bolton Landing, NY. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-23. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 277-282.

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