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ERIC Number: EJ1055372
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 31
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2146-0329
Recent Ocean Literacy Research in United States Public Schools: Results and Implications
Plankis, Brian J.; Marrero, Meghan E.
International Electronic Journal of Environmental Education, v1 n1 p21-51 Sep 2010
Recent research conducted on adults in the United States indicates low ocean literacy (Ocean Project, 2009b, 1999), but there is a dearth of peer-reviewed research on K-12 students' ocean literacy. This paper presents two research studies that examined the ocean and environmental literacy of 464 K-12 students in five states. Like the majority of American adults, most of the student participants in these studies had low initial levels of ocean literacy. Both of these studies, while conducted with different populations of students, suggest that engagement in an ocean literacy-focused program may lead to higher ocean literacy and increased responsible environmental behaviors that help the ocean. The encouraging results of these studies, and their implications, are discussed in relation to the ocean literacy and environmental education communities and the critical need for further large scale and longitudinal empirical studies to support increased significance of ocean literacy in the United States.
International Electronic Journal of Environmental Education. Aksaray Universitesi, Egitim Fakultesi, Ilkogretim Bolumu, Kampus, Aksaray 68100, Turkey. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (DOC)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California; Florida; New York; Ohio; Texas
Grant or Contract Numbers: NA06SEC4690006