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Feedback on Inclusion of Nature in Self Scale

As I mentioned in a previous post, I am part of a team of researchers, evaluators, and practitioners who are interested in identifying, improving, and using tools that assess connection to nature. We are in the process of developing a guidebook that will feature tools that can be used by both researchers and practitioners to measure connection to nature.

Another tool that we plan to feature is the Inclusion of Nature in Self (INS) Scale that was developed by Dr. P. Wesley Schultz (see attached for a copy of the tool).

Has anyone used this tool? If so, in what contexts and for what purpose?
Do you have any advice for others using the INS scale to assess connection to nature?
Do you have any suggestions for ways to adapt the scale for different audiences?

I have used Wes Schultz' Inclusion of Nature scale for programmatic assessments in a few different contexts, and my undergraduate EE students have used it as a tool in their capstone courses. It is really useful when pairing with programmatic assessments because it helps interpret results. We find 2 or more typologies of student, with some very strongly connected to nature but that interested in learning the science about nature, some very strongly connected and strongly interested in learning, and some that are not very connected to nature but still have enjoyed programmatic experiences. I am still working through this thinking, but especially in the population where I work (low income, Latinx, farmworker families), it is very interesting to see the relationships that are emerging. The scale seems to be the best measure for comparison with other factors.

I would be VERY interested in seeing the tool that you develop. vderr@csumb.edu

Hi Victoria - Thank you for this feedback and for the details on how you have used the INS.

I'm curious to know if you have used any other measures of connection to nature with the low income, Latinx, farmworker families that you are working with (and if you've translated the tools into Spanish or other languages). Our team is also interested in identifying other tools that can be used to assess connection to nature in diverse audiences. Some of the tools we have reviewed don't seem to translate as well into other languages/cultures/demographics.

I've noted down your email - we'll definitely share the final guide with you!

We've used the INS a few times - most recently in a study of diverse middle school youth. I typically use it in conjunction with other connection to nature scales, but it seems to work well independently too. Here's a link to that recent paper:
https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0013916518806686
I'm already on your mailing list for the connection to nature synthesis project, and I Iook forward to seeing (and using) the final products.

Yes, we have used the INS with children and youth of farmworker families and through bilingual assessment. I can send you what we have but will need to pull some documents together to send. We are just starting the semester, so please ping me if I forget to follow through soon.

I have used the INS as part of a larger environmental literacy assessment with teachers and educators. It had moderate correlations with the statements "I feel like I have a strong connection to the environment." (.527**) and "I believe that nature and people are interconnected." (.302**) It also had moderate correlations with the knowledge, environmental self-efficacy, behavior, and environmental identity scales we used. This is my dissertation research, so it is not published yet. I am happy to talk more about it.