ERIC Number: ED232865
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Energy Conservation Education: Program Evaluation Design Considerations.
Deshler, David; Cunningham, Sue
This paper provides: (1) a statement regarding the political context for energy conservation education programs; (2) a brief description of the types of program efforts reflected in the literature; (3) an overview of the purposes and approaches to energy conservation education program evaluation reflected in available literature; and (4) a discussion of evaluation design challenges that face energy conservation program evaluators. Program efforts discussed include: classroom curriculum units for schools; conferences for planners and public officials; workshops for homeowners and others; energy fairs and exhibits; mass media, interorganization networks, and consulting (including energy audits). Evaluation design challenges considered include multiple sponsorship, assumptions about conservation motivation, energy use measurement, social desirability bias, and interpretation of findings; each of these areas is described along with approaches used to make findings/interpretations useful for program decision-making. It is indicated that the effectiveness and feasibility of programs described depends on the quality of program evaluations performed and that the design challenges considered need to be addressed with care. (Author/JN)
Descriptors: Conferences, Conservation Education, Curriculum Evaluation, Energy Conservation, Environmental Education, Evaluation Methods, Inservice Teacher Education, Literature Reviews, Motivation, Program Descriptions, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Research Design, Research Methodology, Workshops
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Energy Education
Note: Paper presented at the Joint Meeting of Evaluation Research Society and Evaluation Network (Baltimore, MD, October 30, 1982).