Research Library: Education

Education outcomes include indicators of academic success, such as improvements in academic performance and engagement with learning. Education outcomes also include the building blocks of environmental literacy, such as increased awareness of community issues, positive attitudes towards environment, STEM skills, and critical thinking, all with an aim to empower people to become informed and active citizens. Education outcomes encompass programs that support professional development and effective education practices. These benefits can occur in formal classrooms (Pre-K to college), nonformal learning settings (such as zoos, museums, aquaria, and nature centers), or informal formats (such as nature play, socialization, or trail signage).

Below you can search and find research summaries related to educational settings, environmental literacy, academic success, and professional development.

Education

'Love honey, hate honey bees': Reviving biophilia of elementary school students through environmental education program

Integrating cognitive and emotional goals in environmental education program significantly improved affinity toward nature

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Cho, Y., & Lee, D.. (2018). 'Love honey, hate honey bees': Reviving biophilia of elementary school students through environmental education program. Environmental Education Research, 24(3), 445-460. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13504622.2017.1279277
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The meaning of participation in school ground greening: A study from project to everyday setting

Children’s participation in school ground greening planning influences functionality; participation in management phases results in student engagement and satisfaction

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Jansson, M., Mårtensson, F., & Gunnarsson, A.. (2018). The meaning of participation in school ground greening: A study from project to everyday setting. Landscape Research, 43(1), 163-179. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01426397.2017.1306623
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"We can keep the fire burning": Building action competence through environmental justice education in Uganda and Germany

Multi-national projects can be effective in building on cultural and social diversity to help young people become confident and capable environmental actors

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Through the eyes of children: Drawings as an evaluation tool for children's understanding about endangered Mexican primates

Children’s drawings can be a powerful tool in guiding conservation programs

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Adolescents' experience and knowledge of, and attitudes toward, bees: Implications and recommendations for conservation

Students who engage in gardening and lawn-care activities gain understanding and develop positive attitudes toward bees

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Effects of exposure to environmental groups on student awareness of environmental issues and their desire to be locally involved

A Gathering of Environmental Groups Inspires Students to Become Involved

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Evaluating the role of protected natural areas for environmental education in Italy

Protected Natural Areas as a Setting for Changing Environmental Attitudes

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Predictors of success for community-driven water quality management—Lessons from three catchments in New Zealand

Understanding Community Needs Can Help Design Better Engagement Programs

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Tyson, B., Unson, C., & Edgar, N.. (2017). Predictors of success for community-driven water quality management—Lessons from three catchments in New Zealand. Applied Environmental Education & Communication, 16(3), 186 - 195. presented at the 2017/07/03/. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1533015X.2017.1333049
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Using nonfiction scientific literature for conservation biology education: The Tigerland effect

Incorporating Non-fiction Literature into Conservation Education

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Exploring the relations between childhood experiences in nature and young adults' environmental attitudes and behaviours

Positive childhood experiences in nature are associated with pro-environmental attitudes in adults, but not necessarily with environmentally-friendly behaviors

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Broom, C. (2017). Exploring the relations between childhood experiences in nature and young adults' environmental attitudes and behaviours. Australian Journal of Environmental Education, 33(1), 34-47. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/aee.2017.1
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Conservation priorities for elementary school students: Neotropical and European perspectives

Conservation priorities for elementary students tend to focus on species with which they are familiar

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Rosalino, L. M., Gheler-Costa, C., Santos, G., Goncalves, M. T., Fonseca, C., & Leal, A. I.. (2017). Conservation priorities for elementary school students: Neotropical and European perspectives. Biodiversity and Conservation, 26(11), 2675-2697. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10531-017-1380-2
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'If there's no sustainability our future will get wrecked': Exploring children's perspectives of sustainability

Children’s ideas about sustainability are developed through experiential, investigative, sensorial and place-oriented ways of learning

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Green, M. (2017). 'If there's no sustainability our future will get wrecked': Exploring children's perspectives of sustainability. Childhood, 24(2), 151-167. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0907568216649672
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Tomorrow's leaders and today's agents of change? Children, sustainability education and environmental governance

Engaging children as “agents of change” for the environment should be based on a consideration of structural and relational dimensions of environmental knowledge transmission

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Walker, C. (2017). Tomorrow's leaders and today's agents of change? Children, sustainability education and environmental governance. Children & Society, 31, 72-83. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/chso.12192
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Wilderness therapy, therapeutic camping and adventure education in child and youth care literature: A scoping review

A review of the research on the convergence of child and youth care practice with outdoor adventure reveals a credible evidence-base with robust positive outcomes

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Harper, N. J. (2017). Wilderness therapy, therapeutic camping and adventure education in child and youth care literature: A scoping review. Children and Youth Services Review, 83, 68-79. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2017.10.030
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Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy for adolescents experiencing depression and/or anxiety: A therapist's perspective

Therapists using Equine Assisted Psychotherapy identify a range of positive outcomes for adolescents experiencing depression and/or anxiety

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Wilson, K., Buultjens, M., Monfries, M., & Karimi, L.. (2017). Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy for adolescents experiencing depression and/or anxiety: A therapist's perspective. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 22(1), 16-33. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1359104515572379
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Pedagogical school gardens as a Food and Nutrition Education strategy: Perception of parents and educators of their impact on children's diets

Children and families experience dietary benefits of school gardens

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Are young children's utterances affected by characteristics of their learning environments? A multiple case study

Preschool children use richer language in a natural environment than in indoor or outdoor classrooms

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Richardson, T., & Murray, J.. (2017). Are young children's utterances affected by characteristics of their learning environments? A multiple case study. Early Child Development and Care, 187(3-4), 457-468. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03004430.2016.1211116
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City children's nature knowledge and contact: It is not just about biodiversity provision

While biodiverse urban environments are important for fostering connections with nature, independence and social connections influence whether or not children actually visit biodiverse spaces

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Freeman, C., Stein, A., Hand, K., & van Heezik, Y.. (2017). City children's nature knowledge and contact: It is not just about biodiversity provision. Environment and Behavior. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0013916517732108
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Mechanisms of children's exposure to nature: Predicting adulthood environmental citizenship and commitment to nature-based activities

Children’s self-exposure to nature is a strong predictor of adulthood environmental citizenship and a lifelong commitment to nature-based activities

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'Everything has to die one day:' children’s explorations of the meanings of death in human-animal-nature relationships

Children’s Connections Between Ecological Processes and the Death of Pets

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'I saw a magical garden with flowers that people could not damage!': Children's visions of nature and of learning about nature in and out of school

Children’s deep emotional connection with nature generates a strongly protective disposition

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Rios, C., & Menezes, I.. (2017). 'I saw a magical garden with flowers that people could not damage!': Children's visions of nature and of learning about nature in and out of school. Environmental Education Research, 23(10), 1402-1413. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13504622.2017.1325450
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Changes in experiences with nature through the lives of environmentally committed university faculty

The life histories of environmentally committed adults indicate that the quantity and quality of time in nature changed throughout their lives

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Cagle, N. C. (2017). Changes in experiences with nature through the lives of environmentally committed university faculty. Environmental Education Research. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13504622.2017.1342116
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Connecting students to nature – How intensity of nature experience and student age influence the success of outdoor education programs

Both student age and length of time in natural surroundings influence positive changes in connectedness to nature

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Braun, T., & Dierkes, P.. (2017). Connecting students to nature – How intensity of nature experience and student age influence the success of outdoor education programs. Environmental Education Research, 23(7), 937-949. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13504622.2016.1214866
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Development and validation of two scales to measure elaboration and behaviors associated with stewardship in children

Newly-developed assessment tools show high potential for evaluating the outcomes of environmental education programs

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Vezeau, S. L., Powell, R. B., Stern, M. J., Moore, D. D., & Wright, B. A.. (2017). Development and validation of two scales to measure elaboration and behaviors associated with stewardship in children. Environmental Education Research, 23(2), 192-213. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13504622.2015.1121377
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Eco-school evaluation beyond labels: The impact of environmental policy, didactics and nature at school on student outcomes

Active teaching methods, environmental education policy, and the presence and use of natural green elements impact eco-schools’ environmental education outcomes

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Environmental action and student environmental leaders: exploring the influence of environmental attitudes, locus of control, and sense of personal responsibility

Classroom Audiovisual Aids Can Help Children Learn About Pollution

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