Using Art Elicitation to Deliver and Evaluate a Grade 4 Climate Change Instructional Module

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TitleUsing Art Elicitation to Deliver and Evaluate a Grade 4 Climate Change Instructional Module
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsBaker, J, Loxton, J, Sherren, K
JournalApplied Environmental Education & Communication
Volume12
Issue2
Pagination130 - 142
Date Published2013/04//
ISBN Number1533015X
Keywords*Original 959, 1AWB, 2WAC, CLIMATIC changes, EMOTIONS (Psychology), ENVIRONMENTAL literacy, FOURTH grade (Education), Include, Include AWB, Include WAC, NOVA Scotia, R1 FINAL INCLUDE, Round1 Include, Round2 Include AWB, Round2 Include WAC, STUDY & teaching, TEACHER-student relationships
AbstractWe report the results of a climate change module delivered to 48 Grade 3/4 students in Nova Scotia, Canada. We tested for prior knowledge and evaluated interventional effectiveness using art elicitation. Common climate change misconceptions were demonstrated in their preintervention artwork, while postintervention artwork showed improved concordance with climate change causes and impacts, with little grasp of adaptation or mitigation. Students and teachers alike responded positively to the lessons, and few students demonstrated negative emotional reactions to the material. We highlight some shortcomings, but demonstrate the utility of art elicitation and the appropriateness of introducing climate change to Grade 4 students.
Short TitleApplied Environmental Education & Communication