EdD Educational Leadership
Educational Services and Leadership
College of Education
Johnson, Ane Turner
Committee Member 1
Committee Member 2
Environmental education, Socioscientific issues, Student motivation
Environmental sciences--Study and teaching
Science and Mathematics Education
The purpose of this mixed-methods, design-based study was to explore the potential for socioscientific issues framed by environmental to motivate high school environmental science students. The embedded design began and ended with a survey of student dispositions, and included interviews of particular students in an effort to capture views of general and personal dispositions. Statistical analyses uncovered a moralistic approach to environmental decision-making, and a positive outlook of the future, including the confidence to solve environmental problems. Students revealed an abstract notion of the environment that requires innovative approaches to teaching environmental science, and view scientists as essential change agents in the face of environmental challenges. In addition, a socioscientific approach framed by environmental justice empowers as well as motivates students. However, a STEM-based approach alone is insufficient to motivate high school students. The data from this study suggests the need to changes in environmental science pedagogy as well as a critique of the Next Generation Science Standards.
Karetny, Elliott, "Exploring the potential to motivate high school environmental science students with environmental justice: a mixed methods approach" (2017). Theses and Dissertations. 2393.