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ERIC Number: EJ990523
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-1306-3065
Incorporating Environmental Education into an Urban After-School Program in New York City
Bruyere, Brett L.; Wesson, Mark; Teel, Tara
International Journal of Environmental and Science Education, v7 n2 p327-341 Apr 2012
This study examines the integration of environmental education (EE) into an after-school program in the Bronx borough of New York City. In this qualitative case study, focus group interviews were conducted to first determine parent and educator interest in and barriers to participation in nature programs and incorporation of EE into curriculum. Interest level was universally high and based on numerous motivations including a desire to foster appreciation for nature, perceiving EE as a tool for engaging students with science and linking back to family heritage in the Dominican Republic. Findings also revealed that some of the barriers to incorporating EE were perceived barriers that could be overcome. A four-part EE training series was conducted with the after-school staff and evaluations were completed following each workshop. Staff showed significant confidence and ability to teach EE after the training sessions and were motivated to continue with the EE focus due in part to positive observed student outcomes and parent feedback. A final focus group with both the after-school staff and parents indicated strong support for continuation of EE for the following school year.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York