ERIC Number: ED195518
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Effects of an Interdisciplinary Collegiate Program for Secondary School Students on Their Attitudes Toward Selected Physical Education and Social Concepts.
Milner, E. Keith; Hancock, P. A.
The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of an environmental science program on the development of student attitudes toward selected physical activities and social concepts. The subjects of the study were high school students enrolled in the Florida Environmental Studies Program. The program emphasized observation and experience as vehicles for learning. Canoeing, backpacking, skin and scuba diving, and camping served as a catalyst for the program with the primary emphasis on the study of the environment. Findings revealed that these physical activities contributed to the growth of positive attitudes toward the concepts of individual responsibility, group differences, awareness of environmental problems, and sense of belonging. The active involvement of the participants in team efforts such as camping, canoeing, and skin and scuba diving had a tendency to enhance interactions among students. It was concluded that the environmental science program had a positive effect on the development of student attitudes toward physical activities and social concepts. (Author/JD)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Environmental Education, Field Trips, Group Activities, Higher Education, Interaction, Interdisciplinary Approach, Interpersonal Relationship, Peer Relationship, Physical Activities, Physical Education, Secondary Education, Social Influences, Student Attitudes, Teamwork
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (95th, Detroit, MI, April 10-15, 1980).