ERIC Number: ED093895
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Missouri Environmental Studies Approach (MESA) Interim Evaluation Report. July 1, 1972-June 30, 1973.
Northeast Missouri State Univ., Kirksville.; Kirksville R-3 School District, MO.
This interim evaluation of the Missouri Environmental Studies Approach (MESA) for the period July 1972-June 1973 measured attainment of three objectives, which state that (a) participating teachers will use Environmental Studies (ES) materials in their teaching as a result of two intensive workshops during the summer of 1972; (b) the teacher's role will change so that students will take more responsibility for learning, and the teacher will tend to use the open classroom approach; and (c) students will learn to use the total environment as resource material. The first objective, which was measured by the number of assignments teachers gave directly from, or modeled on, ES materials, was attained. The second objective was evaluated by an outside consultant who reported that teachers' roles had indeed changed as a result of implementation of the Environmental Studies Approach. The third objective was measured by two tests: the "About Me Test" and the "Positive-Negative Adjective List." The results of both of these tests showed that children's self-concept and self-esteem were improved. A national evaluator of the ES approach commented that MESA project results were more pronounced than the national results which showed that (a) students using ES learned more content pertaining to environment than control students and (b) ES materials fostered more decision making on the part of both students and teachers and helped to improve students' self-image. (HMD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Elementary and Secondary Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.; Missouri State Dept. of Education, Jefferson City.
Authoring Institution: Northeast Missouri State Univ., Kirksville.; Kirksville R-3 School District, MO.
Identifiers - Location: Arizona (Mesa)
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title III