Capstone/Dissertation Title

Combining environmental education and STEM to influence opinions, interest, and locus of control in middle school students

Term

Summer 8-14-2014

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAED: NSEE

Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Renee Wonser

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Darlene Boe

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Jay Clawson

Abstract

The research question addressed in the project was, how does the addition of environmental education to STEM education influence opinions, interest, and locus of control of middle school students? This capstone documents the modifying and implementation process of the Clean Water project developed by Yvonne Ng and presents to middle school students. It integrated the use of problem solving skills when learning about the environmental issue of clean water resources by use of various materials and multiple technologies. The main study of this capstone was to view before and after opinions and interests for STEM and environmental education through Q-sort methodology and documents the process of the Clean Water project with students in grades fifth through eighth.

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