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ERIC Number: EJ884892
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-1533-015X
Using Comparative Risk Surveys in Environmental Communication Pedagogy
Wagner, Travis
Applied Environmental Education and Communication, v5 n3 p199-211 2006
Using student-generated comparative risk surveys in environmental communication pedagogy has been helpful in achieving specified learning objectives: to describe (1) the influence of socioeconomic, political, and scientific factors in the social construction of environmental problems; (2) the role risk perception plays in defining environmental problems; (3) the multifacetedness of public and stakeholder perspectives regarding environmental problems; (4) the limited knowledge base of the general public regarding environmental problems; and (5) the challenge of conducting research to ascertain the validity of these assumptions. Although traditional comparative risk surveys (CRS) are used to compare the perspectives of the public and environmental experts, this modified version compares ranking of local environmental problems by residents, businesses, and public officials. Based on four years of use and data from the Student Assessment of Learning Gains, indications suggest that the modified CRS has become a powerful pedagogical tool in student learning of the various aspects of environmental problems and the challenges of social science research. (Contains 2 tables, 2 figures, and 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Maine