Does Service-Learning in Environmental Science Develop Awareness of Environmental Issues and Inspire Stewardship and Sustainable Practices?
Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair
Secondary Advisor/Reader One
The research question addressed in this capstone was, does servicelearning in environmental science develop awareness of environmental issues and inspire stewardship and sustainable practices? The inspiration for this project was research showing the importance of placebased education and youthparticipatory action research in creating social change. The research project was conducted in a high school environmental science class, using a mixedmethods approach. Students took preand postunit surveys before a traditional unit and a servicelearning unit to determine how their attitudes and behaviors changed through the two units. Students carried out a four week service project with a community mentor focusing on a specific environmental issue and reflected on the process. Students were also interviewed and their final projects were used as qualitative data. The quantitative data showed no significant difference between the two units. Both units improved students attitudes towards environmental issues and helped students make more sustainable choices. Students noted that the servicelearning unit had a larger impact on their understanding the environmental issue they focused on. The servicelearning unit helped students realize they can have a meaningful impact in our community and they can advocate and take action regarding environmental issues.
Action Research, Interview, Survey
Community Building, Environmental Studies
Dreier, Kelly Rae, "Does Service-Learning in Environmental Science Develop Awareness of Environmental Issues and Inspire Stewardship and Sustainable Practices?" (2016). School of Education Student Capstone Theses and Dissertations. 4106.