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ERIC Number: ED520105
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
Pages: 61
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
A Correlational Study of Nature Awareness and Science Achievement
Chandler, Kelly; Swartzentruber, Monica
Online Submission, M.A. Thesis, Johnson Bible College
As part of a pilot program, the researchers sought to develop an instrument that would effectively measure the nature awareness of students. With this information, the researchers correlated nature awareness scores and science averages. According to Salomon and Perkins' theory of transfer, experiences in one situation can influence experiences in other situations. Experience (in this study) deals specifically with encounters with nature. Following a structure made by Kellert (2002), as cited in Davis, Rea, and Waite (2006), the researchers chose to evaluate direct experiences, indirect experiences and vicarious experiences in nature. As a result of the connection between nature and the science curriculum, the researchers chose to assess a correlation for the students' nature awareness scores and science averages. The purpose of this study was to determine if the theory of transfer as presented by Perkins and Salomon (1988) relates to students' experience in nature (as determined by nature awareness score) which in turn correlates to their science averages. Two groups of fourth grade students were studied (one from a suburban school and the other from an urban school). This study included 56 4th grade student participants. Each student completed the Nature Awareness Survey, and the researchers compiled a Nature Awareness Score for each student. Then the researchers calculated the students' third nine week science averages. The researchers applied a Spearman's rho and a Pearson correlation in order to determine if a significant correlation existed. The results of the study revealed significant data to support the proposed hypothesis. Appended to this document are: (1) Appendix A: Letter of Approval to Knox County Schools; (2) Appendix B: Parental Approval Form; and (3) Appendix C: Sample Survey. (Contains 2 figures).
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 4
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Tennessee
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001