Capstone/Dissertation Title

The effect of an educational program on middle school students' environmental values and beliefs

Term

2012

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAED: NSEE

Abstract

This study sought to determine whether an educational program could have positive effects on middle school students' environmental beliefs and values. The study subjects included 138 seventh and eighth grade students from a moderately sized rural school district. The students were given a survey instrument measuring their environmental beliefs and values as well as locus of control. After participating in the educational program, the students were given the same survey instrument. Their scores prior to and after the program were compared to determine whether positive, negative, or no change occurred. The students' scores changed somewhat from the pre- to post-survey, but there was negative change observed overall. According to the results of this study, the educational program alone is not enough to create positive change in middle school students' environmental beliefs and values.

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