Evaluating a Constructivist and Culturally Responsive Approach to Environmental Education for Diverse Audiences

Research
TitleEvaluating a Constructivist and Culturally Responsive Approach to Environmental Education for Diverse Audiences
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsStern, MJ, Powell, RBaxter, Ardoin, NM
JournalThe Journal of Environmental Education
Volume42
Issue2
Pagination109 - 122
Date Published2010/12/22/
ISBN Number0095-8964
Keywordsadaptive management, character development, diversity, environmental education, environmental responsibility, evaluation, school attitudes, urban
AbstractThe NorthBay Adventure Center offers five-day residential programs that meld environmental and character education using experiential techniques and multi-media messaging. This article explores the influences of these programs on urban and non-urban middle-school participants in three areas: character development and leadership; environmental responsibility, and attitudes toward school. The authors found significant positive short-term effects on all outcomes of interest. Three-month delayed posttests indicate retention of significant gains in character development and leadership and environmental responsibility, while gains in school-related outcomes faded. Urban students responded more positively to the NorthBay program than did students from suburban and rural areas.
URLhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00958961003796849