Capstone/Dissertation Title

Environmental education in a K-1 classroom: What effect will integrating environmental education into the language arts writing curriculum have on primary students' environmental knowledge and their positive feelings towards nature?

Term

2009

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

The research question addressed in this study was, what effect will integrating environmental education into the language arts writing curriculum have on primary students' environmental knowledge and their positive feelings towards nature? Today children are spending less time outdoors. Having an interested adult as a guide will help children enjoy, respect, and care for their natural environment. This capstone details an environmental study with kindergarten and first grade students in a small rural school setting. Key influences included environmental experts such as Louv, Sobel, and Cornell. The study involved pre- and post-survey questionnaires, nature journals, and lessons in the areas of trees and plants, water and its usage, and conservation care. This research shows a positive correlation between children's environmental knowledge and their positive feelings towards nature.

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