Capstone/Dissertation Title

Outdoor experiences and science achievement

Term

2014

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAED: NSEE

Abstract

The research question addressed in this project was, does the amount of time a student has with outdoor/ natural environment experiences relate to their level of achievement in science, specifically on their MCA-II Science test score? This capstone documents multiple benefits children and students can acquire when they spend time outdoors in the natural environment. Key influences of this topic include an increase in technology in education, and a decrease of outdoor education experiences. The author uses a self-reported survey method to compare the amount of time and experiences students' had outdoors when they were young to their MCA-II Science test scores. The research and data suggests that students who spend a lot of time outdoors are more likely to be successful on their MCA-II Science test scores.

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