M.A. in Environmental Education and Conservation
Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math Education
College of Education
Environmental education--Activity programs; Zoology--Study and teaching
Science and Mathematics Education
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.
Berger, Ronald S., "Teachers' perceptions and curriculum analysis for a zoo education program" (2005). Theses and Dissertations. 968.