ERIC Number: EJ1129191
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Student Outcomes of Eco-Restoration Service-Learning Experiences in Urban Woodlands
Knackmuhs, Eric; Farmer, James; Reynolds, Heather L.
Journal of Experiential Education, v40 n1 p24-38 Mar 2017
Service learning with ecological restoration projects can positively affect participants' attitudes, behaviors, and learning, but little is known about the longevity of these effects. Furthermore, urban green spaces are an understudied, yet increasingly important, context for eco-restoration service learning. This study examined the persistence of student outcomes of eco-restoration service-learning experiences in an urban woodland. Undergraduate courses from the Departments of Biology and Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies at Indiana University partnered with the Bloomington Urban Woodlands Project (BUWP) to restore native woodland habitat and conduct public outreach. Phenomenological analysis of student interviews demonstrated that service-learning experiences improved learning outcomes and encouraged and reinforced pro-environmental attitudes up to 14 months later. Results also demonstrate the applicability of an environmental interpretation behavior change model to college-level instruction.
Descriptors: Service Learning, Outcomes of Education, Undergraduate Students, Urban Areas, Biology, Tourism, Recreation, Departments, Environmental Education, Interviews, Student Attitudes, Phenomenology, Conservation (Environment), Outdoor Education, Partnerships in Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Indiana
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