Paige Pappianne, Ph.D., is a 2019 graduate of the Doctoral Program in Environmental Studies at Antioch University, New England.
- Jimmy Karlan, Ph.D., Committee Chair
- Joy Ackermana, Ph.D., Committee Member
- Michael Mueller, Ph.D., Committee Member
Bangladesh, Participatory Action Research, Grounded Theory, Narrative Inquiry, Earth Champions Program, Environmental Youth Leadership, Environmental Youth Leaders, Youth Leadership Development, Environmental Consciousness, Pro-environmental Behavior
Can environmental youth leaders affect meaningful positive change in the global fight to reign in climate change? While the academic literature contains a vast array of youth leadership materials, there is a gap in the research of the effect environmental youth leadership programs have at the community level, and specifically how these effects can contribute to environmental sustainability of that community, region, or country. This mixed methods qualitative study narrows this gap by employing grounded theory and narrative analysis to determine how five Bangladeshi environmental youth leaders understand their role in influencing their school and communities’ efforts to adapt to and reduce their contribution to climate change. The purposes of this study are to: (a) describe and understand the experiences of five Bangladeshi environmental youth leaders as they engaged in participatory social engagement as Participant Action Researchers (PARs) during their environmental youth leadership roles (b) understand the conditions necessary for these five environmental youth leaders to experience success in their leadership positions; (c) define environmental youth leadership and environmental youth leaders in this Bangladeshi context; (d) explore environmental youth leadership as an educative process that can facilitate widespread environmental literacy and engagement in Bangladesh, and throughout the world and; (e) contribute a new grounded theory analysis to environmental youth leadership theory. The findings of this study reveal that certain conditions need to be present for these five environmental youth leaders in Bangladesh to experience success in their roles. These conditions include the ability to `convince’ others, the presence of other youth to support them, and the experience of individual transformation in worldview and character brought about by the development of an environmental consciousness and pro-environmental behavior. These findings might be valuable to a variety of stakeholders involved in environmental youth leadership, environmental leadership, youth leadership development, environmental education, leadership education, place-based education, community organizing, youth development, and national and international science education, among others. This dissertation is available in open access at AURA: Antioch University Repository and Archive, http://aura.antioch.edu and OhioLINK ETD Center, https://etd.ohiolink.edu/.
Pappianne, P. (2019). Voices of Bangladeshi Environmental Youth Leaders: A Narrative Study. https://aura.antioch.edu/etds/477