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ERIC Number: EJ797257
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 20
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 47
ISSN: ISSN-0021-3667
Attitude Changes of Undergraduate University Students in General Education Courses
Anderson, Mark W.; Teisl, Mario F.; Criner, George K.; Tisher, Sharon; Smith, Stewart; Hunter, Malcolm L.; Norton, Stephen A.; Jellison, Jody; Alyokhin, Andrei; Gallandt, Eric; Haggard, Sandra; Bicknell, Elizabeth
Journal of General Education, v56 n2 p149-168 2007
Assessing learning outcomes in general education is increasingly important to accrediting bodies. A fertile area of assessment is measuring changes in student attitudes/values in response to general education. University of Maine faculty experimented with such an attitude assessment. In this study, the authors assessed changes in students' environmental attitudes and values in response to "different" courses designed to address this specific general education requirement. Further, the courses were offered across a range of disciplinary perspectives (e.g., biology, nursing, women's studies, economics, etc.). Important assessment questions about these courses include whether they affect student attitudes on environmental issues and, if so, whether the effects are the same across the curriculum. Thus, the specific objectives of this project are: (1) to determine whether courses designated as meeting the "Population and the Environment" requirement effect changes in student attitudes and values on the environment; and (2) to determine whether courses have differential effects on attitudes and values on the environment. The research reported here sheds light on the ways in which one general education program may be affecting the environmental values of undergraduate students. The research also leads to several important questions about the role of general education in changing student values. (Contains 5 tables and 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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