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Bixler, Robert D.; Joseph, Stephanie L.; Searles, Vicki M. – Journal of Environmental Education, 2014
Zoos embrace docents/volunteers as a means of interpreting the threats to wildlife and biodiversity to visitors. To accomplish this, zoos provide docents' education, training, and work experience. Docents themselves also engage in solitary and social wildlife experiences outside of their volunteer obligations. This study examined what motivates…
Descriptors: Volunteers, Recreational Facilities, Wildlife, Conservation (Environment)
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James, J. Joy; Bixler, Robert D. – Journal of Environmental Education, 2008
The authors conducted an ethnography investigating children's lived experiences in a 3-day residential environmental education (EE) program with 20 gifted 4th- and 5th-grade students. The authors also conducted participant observation and a series of interviews before, during, and after the trip. After the authors conducted the interviews and…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Participant Observation, Ethnography, Learning Experience
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Vadala, Carin E.; Bixler, Robert D.; James, J. Joy – Journal of Environmental Education, 2007
Both wildland recreationists and conservationists report that wildland childhood play is an important socialization experience. However, researchers know little about the details of play experiences during the formative childhood years. In this article, the authors describe the content and physical and social components of childhood play as…
Descriptors: Play, Environmental Education, Fantasy, Young Adults
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Bixler, Robert D.; And Others – Journal of Environmental Education, 1994
Interpreters at urban nature centers were asked to recall and list fears expressed by students on field trips to wildland areas. Anxiety reactions from students suggest that interpretive programs for some students may be corrective instead of formative. (LZ)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Environmental Education, Environmental Interpretation, Fear
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Bixler, Robert D.; Floyd, Myron F. – Journal of Environmental Education, 1999
Discusses barriers to environmental education. Middle school students completed a science-activity-preference scale and a disgust-sensitivity scale. Respondents who expressed the lowest interest in activities that required manipulation of organic substances also had the highest disgust-sensitivity scores. (Author/CCM)
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Hands on Science, Junior High Schools, Middle Schools