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Development, implementation, and evaluation of an overseas program on environmental education for teachers /

by Ermer, Susan M.

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In 2002, a survey was given to 200 teachers who were enrolled in or who had completed the Extended Master of Science in Natural Resources/Environmental Education for Elementary and Secondary Teachers Program at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UW-SP). In the survey, it was found that teachers were interested in an optional overseas component to this graduate degree program. As a result, a cooperative agreement between the Global Environmental Management (GEM) Program and Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education (WCEE) at UW-SP was formed and an overseas program in Puerto Rico was designed. This study documents the development, implementation, and evaluation for an overseas study program on environmental education for teachers. Research indicates that “when study abroad programs employ experiences that are carefully matched with participants’ needs, goals, and expectations, the results can be life-changing” (Citron & Kline, 2001). Using experience overseas and the power of the internet, a hybrid course model was designed for the delivery of a three-credit graduate course in environmental education for teachers. This involved 11 participants who completed a one-month online course prior to a travel component in Puerto Rico. Eight teachers from Puerto Rico joined the Wisconsin teachers for the two-week study tour on island ecology and environmental education. A ten-month comprehensive evaluation using qualitative and quantitative research methods reveals the changes Wisconsin participants underwent during the experience. This study researches and outlines the appropriate steps for designing a successful travel program for educators. Not only does it have implications to other environmental or international educators but it will be used as a foundation for future travel courses developed through GEM and the WCEE. v vi
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School:University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

School Location:USA - Wisconsin

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:environmental education teachers wisconsin

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