ERIC Number: ED067280
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Aug
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Evaluation of an Introductory College Course in Environmental Studies. Final Report.
Tinsley, Ian J.; And Others
This paper reports on an evaluation conducted at Oregon State University in 1971 and 1972 for an introductory college course in environmental studies, "Man and the Environment." The course used integrated content and was team-taught by an inter-disciplinary team using several innovative approaches. Subjects were administered an Environmental Knowledge Inventory and an Inventory of Societal Issues (ISI), both as pretests and posttests. Results indicate students taking the course increased significantly in their knowledge of the environment as compared with a control group. In addition, they showed significant attitude changes on four of five factors on the ISI (revised form). These changes are interpreted to mean that the students have become less sure that scientific and technological advances are beneficial to the man-nature interaction and have become more aware that such advances may be detrimental to it; they have become more aware of the complexity of the problems; they are more concerned with the problems of population growth and the need to restrict it; they are less certain that science and technology are capable of solving society's problems; and they are more concerned with individual and personal responsibility and action. (BL)
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Sponsor: National Center for Educational Research and Development (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Oregon State Univ., Corvallis. Dept. of Agricultural Chemistry.