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ERIC Number: ED514399
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 207
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1096-7540-5
Exploring Changes and Perceptions in Environmental Attitudes as a Result of Early Learning Experiences in the Outdoor World Utilizing Spark, an Innovative Family Learning Program
Satterlee, Donna Jean
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Fielding Graduate University
This dissertation explores the long-term influence of the SPARK Program (Shore People Advancing Readiness for Knowledge) on the environmental attitudes of some of its alumni. SPARK was designed for parents and their preschool children who live in a rural area on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. The main goal of this program is to provide environmental experiences as a platform for learning literacy, mathematics, conservation, and other skills. Specifically, this study interviewed parents and children who had been in the program the first 3 years, 7 to 10 years ago who had participated for 1 to 7 years. Using a modified version of 2 well-known environmental attitude surveys to assess the participants' current environmental attitudes and how they might be related to involvement with SPARK, data reveal a positive correlation between the SPARK experiences and positive attitudes for both the adult and child participants. This study offers the field of environmental education a much needed alternative. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Adult Education; Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Virginia