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The environmental values of Tasmanian decision makers and environmental professionals
thesisposted on 2023-05-26, 23:36 authored by Dettrick, David
The thesis uses qualitative research methods to examine the environmental values of environmental professionals and decision makers active in Tasmania during the period 1996‚ÄövÑvÆ 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.
Rights statementCopyright 2003 the Author - The University is continuing to endeavour to trace the copyright owner(s) and in the meantime this item has been reproduced here in good faith. We would be pleased to hear from the copyright owner(s). Thesis (M.Env.St.)--University of Tasmania, 2003. Includes bibliographical references