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ERIC Number: ED141481
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: N/A
Lenox Hill Neighborhood School Camp Program; School Year 1975-1976.
This report evaluated a four phase environmental sciences program designed to serve 654 students from 23 different fifth grade classes from a Manhattan community school district. Phase one, a pre-camp educational program in the classroom, was designed to introduce the participating classes to the concepts of environmental sciences which the children would be studying while in camp. Phase two was a four day camp experience in Connecticut. Phase three was a series of projects and reports completed by the children when they returned from camp, detailing their camp experiences. Phase four was an integration of the lessons learned by the camp experience into the life of the children in New York City. The major program objectives were to significantly increase the children's knowledge of environmental science, change their attitudes about environmental concerns to more positive ones, help students utilize their knowledge in defining local environmental concerns, and to help students develop plans to improve their neighborhood environments. The instruments used to evaluate the program objectives were a test of science knowledge constructed by the district science coordinator, the Attitude Development Through Outdoor Education Scale, and a follow-up questionnaire which was completed by participating teachers. Correlated T tests of the first two objectives indicated that the post-test scores were significantly higher than pre-test scores. Also, follow-up activities suggested that the students brought their experiences back to their neighborhood school districts and were more aware of the environmental concerns in which they lived. The report concluded that all three evaluation objectives were met and produced significant positive findings. The instruments used in the evaluation are included in the appendix. (JP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Office of Educational Evaluation.
Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)