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Title: Understanding school travel behaviour : an application of the theory of planned behaviour and the construct of habit
Author: Murtagh, Shemane
ISNI:       0000 0004 2743 8782
Awarding Body: University of Strathclyde
Current Institution: University of Strathclyde
Date of Award: 2012
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The purpose of this thesis was to develop an understanding of active school travel and to investigate the effects of a school-based intervention within the context of an extension of the theory of planned behaviour (Ajzen, 1985, 1991). Specifically, the focus was on understanding the role of habit and cognition in guiding intention and behaviour. This focus was addressed in four studies. The first two studies addressed measurement issues in this area: Study 1 examining the validity and reliability of the Self Report Habit Index (SRHI; Verplanken & Orbell, 2003) as a measure of habit and study 2 examining the validity of a measure of active travel cognition. The third study examined the theory of planned behaviour and the role of habit in predicting active school travel intention and behaviour. Finally, the fourth study examined the effect of a school-based active travel intervention, the Travelling Green resource, at changing these constructs. The findings from the research in this thesis emphasised the importance of both cognition and habit in the prediction of behaviour. However, the ability to change these constructs through the Travelling Green resource was not demonstrated. The implications of these findings in terms of direction for future research and practice are discussed in the final chapter of this thesis.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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