Evaluation of Environmental Education Software “Protecting Your Environment”
The research project attempts to evaluate the environmental education software “Protecting Your Environment”, published by Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. The overall purpose of this research is to determine if the knowledge about the environmental issues possessed by the 5th grade students can increase as a result of working with the environmental software “Protecting Your Environment”. The study also attempts to assess whether educational setting plays a role in enhancing environmental knowledge relating to the use of the software. A secondary purpose of this research is to evaluate “Protecting Your Environment” as an educational tool. The following questions provide the foundation of the study. 1. Is there is a significant difference in the scores on the environmental quiz before and after using the software “Protecting Your Environment?” 2. Is there is a significant difference in the scores on the environmental quiz before and after using the software “Protecting Your Environment” between the children who used the software at home and the children who used the software at schools? The study was supposed to focus on science educators teaching grades 5-6 in public schools of Ohio. One school participated in the research. As such, results cannot be generated to all schools in Ohio. In order to find the answers to the research questions, two kinds of analysis were used: descriptive statistics analysis and paired samples t-test analysis. Three instruments were used to gather data: environmental quiz before using of the software, environmental quiz after using the software by the students, and an oral interview questionnaire. Both quizzes and interviews were performed in a class. The results implied that while there is no significant difference in the scores on the environmental quiz among the children who used the software at home, there is a significant difference in the amount of knowledge gained within the group, which used the software at class. In the whole, knowledge of children improved after they used the software. Additional findings implied that for the software to be more effective in terms of gaining environmental knowledge, it is better to use it at class with the instructional materials.
School Location:USA - Ohio
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:environmental education materials at schools and computers software for k 12
Date of Publication:01/01/2004