ERIC Number: ED474442
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
Environmental Science Misconceptions--Resolution of an Anomaly.
Groves, Fred H.; Pugh, Ava F.
This document reports on research on the ability of a short-term intervention to substantially increase elementary pre-service teacher knowledge of major environmental science issues. The study was conducted each semester over seven years. Student understanding of such issues as global warming, ozone depletion, and local groundwater problems was investigated. The lack of sufficient student motivation to attend to the material presented during the intervention was hypothesized to be a major contributing factor causing this anomaly. The Spring, 2002 semester study added a motivator by notifying students that the lesson material would be on a future test in the course, which resulted in several modest gains in student performance. (KHR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Chattanooga, TN, November 7, 2002).