ERIC Number: ED499818
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Reference Count: 74
Environmental Education Report: Empirical Evidence, Exemplary Models, and Recommendations on the Impact of Environmental Education on K-12 Students
Wheeler, Gilda; Thumlert, Colleen; Glaser, Lise; Schoellhamer, Matt; Bartosh, Oksana
Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
This study examined reports and programs from across the state, the nation and from international sources to gather a broad selection of published and unpublished environmental education research. A variety of sources were used, such as the internet, interviews with key informants and experts in the field of environmental and sustainability education, and bibliographies of other published studies. In all, 76 studies were located. Each study was then reviewed and specific pieces of information gleaned from the studies were entered into an Access database. To compare content among the studies, a set of criteria was developed to "grade" each study based on its methodology and outcomes. These criteria helped the team identify "gold", or most rigorous, and "supporting" standard studies. Subsequently, gold-rated studies received further in-depth review and are discussed in the Key Findings section of this report. This study uncovered a number of overall findings, as well as findings specific to each outcome area. The studies identified a number of general conclusions on the effectiveness of environmental education programs, the state of environmental education in Washington and indicated opportunities for additional research. These include: (1) Effectiveness of Environmental Education; (2) Environmental Education in Washington State; and (3) Additional Research on Environmental Education. In addition to general findings, the study produced a number of findings specific to the five outcome areas. These are: (1) Academic Achievement; (2) Career Development; (3) Graduation Requirements--Culminating Projects; (4) Self-Esteem, Engagement and Motivation; and (5) Civic Responsibility and Service-Learning. Based on the conclusions contained in this report, OSPI and the statewide partners have developed recommendations to guide Washington State in maintaining its leadership role in environmental and sustainability education, and to help ensure the success of each and every Washington State student. The following are appended: (1) Engrossed House Bill 2910; (2) Definitions; (3) Historical Highlights of Environmental Education in Washington State; (4) Additional Literature Reviews of EE Studies; (5) Sources for Research; (6) Database Snapshots; (7) Outcome Area Tables; (8) Model Programs; (9) Bibliography of Studies Collected and Reviewed; and (10) Additional References. (Contains 27 tables, 1 figure, and 32 footnotes.)
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Academic Achievement, Graduation Requirements, Leadership, Career Development, Educational Research, Program Effectiveness, Self Esteem, Student Participation, Student Motivation, Citizenship Responsibility, Civics, Service Learning, Sustainable Development, State Legislation, Literature Reviews, Databases, Models, Bibliographies
Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Old Capitol Building, P.O. Box 47200, Olympia, WA 98504-7200. Tel: 360-725-6000; Web site: http://www.k12.wa.us/
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Sponsor: Sierra Club, San Francisco, CA.
Authoring Institution: Washington Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Olympia.
Identifiers - Location: Washington