Term

Summer 8-7-2016

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAED: NSEE

Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Dan Loritz

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Jackie DeBatista

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Becky Stokes Lambert

Abstract

The purpose of this qualitative research study was to examine the ways in which the Illinois Master Naturalist program affected adult learners’ connection to local natural areas and the development of an ecological identity. Participants in the Illinois Master Naturalist Program were interviewed to determine their experience in the program. During the interview they were asked to describe their connections to nature and their ecological identity prior to and after participation in the program. While more research is needed, it was concluded from the data that the Master Naturalist program did enable adult learners to develop a greater connection to local natural areas and increased their awareness of their own ecological identity.

Research Methodology

Interview, Narrative, Program Evaluation

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