Capstone/Dissertation Title

On the harbor: a needs assessment for teaching and learning about natural resources related sciences in fourth through eighth grades

Term

2013

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAED: NSEE

Abstract

The research question addressed in this project was-what kinds of resources, skills and tools do teachers need to adequately educate their students about natural resources? The motivating factor for this capstone was that little information existed regarding teacher and student needs for educational support in teaching about natural resources in schools in Grays Harbor Washington. This capstone details the needs assessment and visioning activity facilitated with fourth through eighth grade teachers at a series of eight focus groups and workshops in coastal Washington State in the winter of 2013. Analysis of the findings includes teacher interest in professional development to facilitate the use of outdoor field sites to teach science and math. The author also documents implications for future funding needs. It is intended to inform decisions of stakeholders such as the Grays Harbor Marine Resources Committee board.

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