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ERIC Number: EJ869006
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-1937-0814
Impact of Environment-Based Teaching on Student Achievement: A Study of Washington State Middle Schools
Bartosh, Oksana; Tudor, Margaret; Ferguson, Lynne; Taylor, Catherine
Middle Grades Research Journal, v4 n4 p1-16 2009
This paper reports on a project which investigates the impact of systemic environmental education (EE) programs on student achievement on EE-based integrated tests and standardized tests in math, language arts, and listening. Systemic environmental education programs are defined by curriculum designed to align and integrate subjects around real world environmental contexts. To assess environmental literacy knowledge and skills, integrated EE-based tests for Grade 8 were administered to students in participating schools, and the results were compared to students' scores on standardized tests. Quantitative analysis shows correlations between EE scores and standardized scores in math, reading and writing, with students from EE schools performing higher on EE and state tests than students from schools with traditional curriculum. The project findings suggest that by providing a universal context for learning, environmental education could support schools' accountability efforts to integrate discipline standards and improve student performance. (Contains 7 tables, 2 figures and 1 footnote.)
Institute for School Improvement, Missouri State University. 901 South National Avenue, Springfield, MO 65897. Tel: 417-836-8854; Fax: 417-836-8881; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 8
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Washington
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Washington Assessment of Student Learning