ERIC Number: EJ707587
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jun-22
Reference Count: 25
Effects of a Conservation Education Camp Program on Campers' Self-Reported Knowledge, Attitude, and Behavior
Kruse, Cara K.; Card, Jaclyn A.
Journal of Environmental Education, v35 n4 p33 Sum 2004
In this study, the authors examined the effects of a conservation education camp program offered through one zoo education department. The conservation education program included 4 levels of camps with increasing levels of animal husbandry. Campers rated their conservation knowledge, attitude, and behavior prior to, immediately after, and 1 month after the camp experience. Results indicated that conservation knowledge scores increased over the study period, as did attitude and behavior, though patterns of change were varied in each level of camp. Campers' self-reported knowledge, attitude, and behavior also increased with increased levels of animal husbandry. And, campers with previous conservation education camp experience had higher knowledge and attitude self-ratings than did those without experience. However, as knowledge, attitude, and behavior are complex characteristics and difficult to assess, more research is needed to verify the effectiveness of conservation education programs in effecting change.
Descriptors: Conservation (Environment), Recreational Facilities, Animal Husbandry, Conservation Education, Knowledge Level, Program Effectiveness, Adolescents, Student Attitudes, Student Behavior
Heldref Publications, Helen Dwight Reid Educational Foundation, 1319 Eighteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036-1802. Web site: http://www.heldref.org.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida