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The environmental values of Tasmanian decision makers and environmental professionals

Dettrick, David 2003 , 'The environmental values of Tasmanian decision makers and environmental professionals', Coursework Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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The thesis uses qualitative research methods to examine the environmental values of environmental
professionals and decision makers active in Tasmania during the period 1996— 2001. It uses
'insider' based research, grounded research theory, and maximum variation sampling strategies to
examine 12 in depth interviews with the participants from the selected study group.
Grounded research methods have been combined with personal construct psychology to develop a
system for analysis and grouping of the values data. Open coding was undertaken using dichotomy
scales to rate individual's values. Basic numerical methods of correlation, based on Microsoft's
Excel program, where used to group the responses for the purposes of analysis.
8 main trends where identified in the data. These trends are examined critically and compared to
existing qualitative, quantitative and theoretical research on environmental values.
It was concluded that of the study groups, the Green politicians had the strongest environmental
values, followed by the environmental professionals, and the Labor politicians. The Liberal
politician interviewed had the least developed environmental values of the study group.
Opportunities for further quantitative and qualitative research were identified.

Item Type: Thesis - Coursework Master
Authors/Creators:Dettrick, David
Keywords: Environmentalism, Environmental policy, Environmentalists
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Thesis (M.Env.St.)--University of Tasmania, 2003. Includes bibliographical references

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