The influence of participation in a community mapping project on grade four students’ environmental worldviews

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2010-05-26T21:08:17Z

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Jagger, Susan

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This study examined if and how participation in a community mapping project influenced grade four students’ environmental worldviews immediately after and three months after the culmination of the project. A mixed methods approach was used as students completed pre-test, post-test, and follow-up New Ecological Paradigm for Children scales and participated in post-test and follow-up interviews. Students’ overall NEP scores were pro-environmental at each point in the study and the students’ scores on the Rights of Nature factor improved significantly from the pre-test to the follow-up. Students’ interview comments suggested improvements in environmental knowledge and attitude, understanding of humans’ environmental impacts, and connection to place. The results of the study have implications for future research and environmental education curriculum and instruction.

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Environmental education, Study and teaching, Children

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