ERIC Number: ED434800
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Characterizing Effective Environmental Education and Its Impact on Students' Environmental Attitudes.
Brown, Fletcher S.
The purpose of this study was to investigate what effect an inquiry focused environmental science course has on preservice teachers' environmental attitudes. Over a three semester period preservice elementary education students taking an environmental science course, which incorporated inquiry strategies along with national recommendations in environmental and science education, were given the actual form of the Science Laboratory Environment Inventory (SLEI) and the Environmental Issues Attitudes Defensibility Inventory (EIADI). Mean scores for the five scales of the SLEI questionnaire provided a learning environment profile which characterized this classroom as one with a high degree of student cohesiveness and open-endedness. Pre- and post-mean scores were analyzed for any significant change for EIADI data. Results showed no significant change in students' environmental attitudes but did show positive changes in students' defensibility scores. These findings are consistent with previous studies by Kinsey (1978), Kinsey and Wheatley (1980, 1984) and Yount and Horton (1992). Data collected in this study provide contradictory evidence to the claim that environmental education influences students' decision making processes and attitudes about the environment. Contains 11 references. (Author/AA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (70th, Oak Brook, IL, March 21-24, 1997).