Capstone/Dissertation Title

Single-Serving Education: Measuring the Efficacy of Field Trip Educators

Term

Fall 12-10-2014

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAED: NSEE

Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Renee L. Wonser

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Lauren Chesnut

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Randy Mallory

Abstract

The research question addressed is, how do field trip educators measure their efficacy as shortterm, single-serving teachers? Without a chance to follow-up with students over a period of time it can be difficult for field trip educators to measure their impact on student learning. This paper outlines how people learn, the effect of place and novelty on learning, and how museums and other field trip sites attempt to evaluate their programming and their educators. Through analysis of reservation and evaluation forms and interviews with field trip educators I discovered a disconnect between official evaluation techniques and how educators evaluate themselves. This paper includes recommendations for improving field trip educator evaluation and efficacy.

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