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ERIC Number: ED257683
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Jun
Pages: 86
Abstractor: N/A
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The Development of an Instrument for Evaluating the Effects of an Environmental Education Program on Young Children's Environmental Attitudes: A Pilot Study.
Chin, Jack
An instrument was developed for use in evaluating the effects of environmental education (EE) programs on young children's attitudes. The instrument consists of pairs of drawings; students tell which picture in a given pair they like better. In developing the instrument, assumptions were made that second- and third-grade students have environmental attitudes and that EE programs have a potential to influence these attitudes. The instrument was administered to 232 students (294 students originally participating in the study) using a pretest/posttest design. These students were visiting Hidden Villa Ranch, an EE center in Los Altos Hills, California. (Directions and answer forms were translated into Spanish for classes with a substantial Spanish-speaking population.) Results show that: (1) the instrument can be administered to a large group of children quickly, easily, and without trained personnel; (2) the instrument has potential for evaluating changes in young children's environmental attitudes; (3) the instrument can be standardized for use by many EE programs or be customized to assess specific attitudes; and (4) age, sex, and prior EE instruction (either in a school or at a center) apparently do not adversely bias students' test performance. Supporting documentation (including sample pairs of drawings) is provided in appendices. (JN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
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Language: English
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