ERIC Number: ED213558
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Evaluation of the Forest Valley Outdoor Education Centre regarding Elementary Teacher Development and Attitude Change. Section I: Summary of Results. Research Report.
In late February 1977, questionnaires were sent to all special education, kindergarten, third, and fifth grade teachers who visited Forest Valley Outdoor Education Centre during early October 1976, late November 1976, and early February 1977 and to their principals to obtain information concerning their perceptions of the degree to which the outdoor experience at the Centre effected alterations in the regular classroom program. Of the 176 teacher and 94 principal questionnares sent, 103 were returned by teachers and 74 were returned by principals. Among the information obtained was: teachers' introduction to outdoor education, objectives of visit, problems planning/administering a visit, value of visits, and benefits from a visit. One-fourth of the teachers felt their visits to the Centre had caused them to change their teaching methods, especially in their science program; most teachers (83%) felt they made their classroom programs more relevant by visiting Forest Valley; two-thirds of the teachers felt more confident in their ability to teach outdoors; most principals (68%) observed a change in the science program; and 90% of the principals felt Forest Valley was important to very important in fulfilling their school's goals, especially student development, including physical, social, attitudinal, skill, and language development. (NQA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North York Board of Education, Willowdale (Ontario).
Identifiers: Canada; Forest Valley Outdoor Education Centre ON