What Difference Does It Make? Assessing Outcomes From Participation in a Residential Environmental Education Program

Stern, Marc, J and Powell, Robert, B and Ardoin, Nicole, M (2008) What Difference Does It Make? Assessing Outcomes From Participation in a Residential Environmental Education Program. The Journal of Environmental Education, 39 (4). pp. 31-43.

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    Abstract

    The authors explored the influences of 3- and 5-day residential environmental education programs at the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont (TN) on participants’ connections with nature, environmental stewardship, interest in learning and discovery, and awareness of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and biodiversity. The authors found significant positive, short-term effects on all outcomes of interest. Also, 3-month delayed posttests indicated retention of significant gains in environmental stewardship and awareness, whereas other gains faded. Longer stays and active engagement of visiting teachers in on-site instruction enhanced most outcomes. The authors discuss the influences of pre-visit preparation and group size on participants.

    Item Type: Peer-reviewed Journal Article
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      Unique ID or DOI: 10.3200/JOEE.39.4.31-43
      Publisher: ResearchGate
      Keywords: attitudes, evaluation, residential environmental education, stewardship
      Subjects: (F) People and the Environment > (FA) Environmental Health
      (Z) Other or Unspecified
      Publication Sources: (1) Environmental Research Institute
      Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2018 12:23
      Last Modified: 16 Feb 2018 12:28
      URI: http://eprints.uberibz.org/id/eprint/1724

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