ERIC Number: ED218093
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
An Investigation into the Underlying Structure of the Domain of Environmental Education Concepts.
Townsend, Robert Donley
Environmental concepts provide the foundation upon which curriculum planners/developers construct environmental education programs. Research literature in environmental education was searched for lists of concepts, procedures used in validating concepts, and evidence of empirical investigations into the underlying structure of a set of concepts. Based upon this review, a set of 111 concepts developed by Robert E. Roth (Appendix A) was selected and reduced to 54 (Appendix B) by an interdisciplinary panel of experts. The refined list was then reviewed for accuracy of concept statements and validity as fundamental concepts on which to base a general program of environmental education. This validated set of 54 concepts became the Q-sort instrument for this study, administered randomly (along with an information sheet) to selected members of two groups: university (N=100) and environmental organizations (N=100). As a result of the study, a current validated set of concepts for use in developing environmental education programs was produced, underlying dimensions of these concepts were developed and named, and personal background variables (which correlated with the underlying dimensions of the concept set) were identified and their significance as predictors determined. (Author/JN)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Environmental Concepts; Environmental Education Research
Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, The Ohio State University.