Date Approved

5-4-2005

Embargo Period

4-10-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Environmental Education and Conservation

Department

Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Winther, Austin

Subject(s)

Environmental education--Activity programs; Zoology--Study and teaching

Disciplines

Science and Mathematics Education

Abstract

Study intent investigated teachers' perceptions of a zoo education program and evaluated modules. Study explored program effectiveness by evaluating teachers' motivation to participate, students' engagement, presenter performance, program effectiveness, and teachers' met expectations. Study explored if program addressed New Jersey and Pennsylvania standards, North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) guidelines, and a lesson plan format. Research investigated teachers' perceptions by questionnaire from strongly disagree to strongly agree. Teachers perceived presenters performed well, students engaged, and integrating curriculum the motivation to participate. Research to evaluate modules was subjective. Modules addressed Science and Social Studies for New Jersey, Science and Technology, Environment and Ecology for Pennsylvania. Analysis recommended the addition of standards not stated. Program is short-term, does not support skills building and action orientation recommended by the NAAEE guidelines, and assessment and psychomotor objectives as recommended by a lesson plan format.

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