Capstone/Dissertation Title

Efficacy of integrating the Christian narrative and environmental education in formal high school education

Term

2013

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAED: NSEE

Abstract

The research question addressed in this study was, does integrating the Christian theological narrative into an environmental studies course influence factors related to environmentally responsible behavior? The motivation for this study arises from the authors work developing a senior level environmental studies course at a Christian private high school. By examining the research, the author shows that there are many factors that influence environmentally responsible behaviors, but that there is little research regarding how religious educational institutions work to shape these factors. Additionally, the author builds the case for environmental stewardship to be a significant hallmark of the Christian theological narrative. The results of this study show that an environmental studies course integrated with the Christian Narrative influences knowledge of ecology, knowledge of environmental issues, environmental sensitivity, locus of control and self-reported behaviors. The course did not significantly influence student environmental behaviors.

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