ERIC Number: EJ725565
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jun-22
Student Ideas: What Is an Environment?
Shepardson, Daniel P.
Journal of Environmental Education, v36 n4 p49 Sum 2005
The author investigated students' ideas about what defines an environment and how these ideas change across grade level and educational experience. A total of 81 students were sampled: 18 seventh graders, 20 eighth graders, and 24 ninth graders from general biology, and 19 ninth graders from college preparatory biology. The environments task was a two-part task. First, students drew a picture of an environment and explained their drawing. Next, students were shown a series of photographs and asked to indicate whether the photograph depicted an environment and to explain their response. In general, students understood an environment from a limited ecological perspective; that is, an environment is a location where animals live and or an area that supports animal life. An environment is a natural landscape; human-managed or built landscapes were not seen as environments by these students. For these students, humans do not appear to be apart of an environment but are separate from it.
Descriptors: Environment, Environmental Education, Student Attitudes, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 7, Educational Experience, Rural Schools
Heldref Publications, Helen Dwight Reid Educational Foundation, 1319 Eighteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036-1802. Web site: http://www.heldref.org.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 7; Grade 8; Grade 9; High Schools; Junior High Schools; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Indiana