ERIC Number: ED253377
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Dec
Reference Count: 0
The Environmental and Ecological Awareness Potential in the Organized Camp Setting.
Platt, Bradley R.
The purpose of this study was to determine if an organized camp experience resulted in elementary school students having a higher level of environmental and ecological awareness than elementary students who had not had an organized camp experience. A letter of intent was circulated throughout all elementary schools in the Anchorage, Alaska school system. Sixteen teachers responded volunteering their classes for the study. Of these teachers four were randomly selected. The control group was composed of 19 fifth- and 42 sixth-graders, who had not had an organized camping experience. The experimental group included 17 fifth-graders and 6 sixth-graders who had attended the Alaska Center for the Environment's camp during the summer of 1983. The New Mexico Concepts of Ecology Test, Level 1, was administered to both groups. Using a static-group comparison design and applying a t-test for independent samples, it was found that an organized camp experience did not significantly increase the level of environmental and ecological awareness in fifth- and sixth-graders. It was concluded that the study should be repeated using larger samples and possible other school systems before precise results can be obtained. (ERB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Alaska (Anchorage); Camping Experience