Term

Fall 12-11-2016

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAED: NSEE

Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Shelley Orr

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Eric Burfeind

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Megan Liebl

Abstract

The question addressed by this research study was, “What are the impacts of an experiential-based learning opportunity?” Participants of the study were high school students enrolled in an elective summer field-experience course. Students completed a survey prior to the nine-day canoe trip in Lake of the Woods, Minnesota. This survey provided background information on the participants’ general interest in the environment, self-confidence, and ability to communicate effectively. Following the field-experience, students completed a similar survey. The data collected was analyzed using methods for a qualitative research study. The results indicated that after participating in a field-experience course students reported a greater appreciation for the environment, a sense of personal growth, and an increased ability to communicate effectively.

Research Methodology

Survey (attitude scale, opinion, questionnaire)

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