The development, pilot, and evaluation of an on-line course titled NRES 410/610 teaching about the environment outdoors /
Wisconsin teachers are required to teach concepts of environmental education in the K-12
curriculum. However, many teachers are hesitant to bring their students outdoors for
anything except P.E. and recess, despite the growing research that shows the outdoors is
good for children’s health, emotional and mental well-being. Their reluctances come from a
lack of teacher training in outdoor environmental education practices and techniques.
NRES 410/610 Teaching About the Environment Outdoors (TAEO) is a one-credit, on-line
course developed for UW-Stevens Point and the Wisconsin Center for Environmental
Education. The goal of this course is to increase participants’ knowledge, skills, and
confidence when teaching about the environment in the outdoors.
The aim of this research study was to develop, pilot and evaluate TAEO. Development of the
course was completed by the researcher with help from various text, online, and personal
resources. The pilot ran from July 30-August 26, 2006 with ten K-12 licensed teachers
participating. A pretest-posttest evaluation showed that all participants gained knowledge of
outdoor environmental education topics as a result of taking the course. Through a series of
formative assessments containing both Likert-scale and open-ended questions, the researcher
determined the revisions that should be made to the course. Finally, the researcher used openended
comments on the summative evaluation to determine that TAEO was perceived as a
valuable learning tool by participants.
School:University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
School Location:USA - Wisconsin
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:university of wisconsin stevens point environmental education teachers
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