“I am not a big man”: Evaluation of the issue investigation program

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Title“I am not a big man”: Evaluation of the issue investigation program
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsCincera, J, Simonova, P
JournalApplied Environmental Education & Communication
Volume16
Issue2
Pagination84 - 92
Date Published2017/04/03/
ISBN Number1533-015X
KeywordsInclude, LMD review
AbstractThe article evaluates a Czech environmental education program focused on developing competence in issue investigation. In the evaluation, a simple quasi-experimental design with experimental (N = 200) and control groups was used. The results suggest that the program had a greater impact on girls than on boys, and that it increased their internal locus of control and awareness of local environmental issues. The program had no effect on students' self-efficacy in constructively dealing with conflicts or local environmental issues. The article discusses some potentially weak parts of the program theory, which include the dominating teacher-directed approach and the lack of opportunities for students to be actively involved in the solving of issues.
URLhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1533015X.2017.1304297