ERIC Number: ED260911
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: N/A
The Floating Lab Research Project: An Approach to Evaluating Field Programs.
Brody, Michael J.
This report explains an evaluative study of the conceptual and affective development of students associated with the Floating Lab Program, an experiential field project sponsored by the University of New Hampshire and the Maine Sea Grant Program. The field program involved an opportunity for students to have hands-on experiences aboard a 65-foot vessel outfitted with various kinds of oceanographic sampling equipment. Students and teachers operate equipment, collect samples, and record data. An assessment of this experience was made with 20 eighth grade students. Modified clinical interviews that incorporated concept mapping and concept propositional analysis were administered pre- and post-trip. Results indicated that students interviewed exhibited an increase in marine science concepts and values toward coastal zone resources. The report includes a number of knowledge and value claims and recommendations for teachers, program developers and researchers. (ML)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Maine Univ., Orono. Sea Grant Program.; New Hampshire Univ., Durham.
Authoring Institution: Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY. Dept. of Environmental Education.