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ERIC Number: EJ824334
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Mar
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 64
ISSN: ISSN-0256-2928
The Influence of a Residential Outdoor Education Programme to Pupil's Environmental Perception
Bogner, Franz X.
European Journal of Psychology of Education, v17 n1 p19-34 Mar 2002
This empirical study finds support for the hypothesis that participation in a special residential education programme enhances facets of pupils' environmental perception. A 4-day extra-curricular educational unit with a cognitive outdoors focus (established in a nature centre in France) was surveyed by using a two stage sampling design in a pre-post-treatment evaluation; the post-test was delayed for a one-month period after participation. All selected participating pupils (n=151) responded twice to the same perception questionnaire. The factorial structure of this questionnaire had been previously developed using a large European sample (n=4500) and separately validated in a smaller French pupil sample (n=900.) The matched-pair pre-post-test survey showed significant differences in two of the five primary factors; both of them covered utilitarian preferences and scored in a way which indicated an increase in sensitivity to the environment. A pre-post-tested control group (n=78) revealed no significant difference. Possible reasons for the partial shift in primary factors are discussed, including a consideration of two related studies (in Germany and Switzerland) which were both monitored by the same measurement instrument. (Contains 7 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: France; Germany; Switzerland