Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair
Patty Born Shelly
Secondary Advisor/Reader One
The purpose of this study was to examine if an environmental focused Genius Hour will affect students’ attitudes toward the environment. Over an eight week period ninth grade students in an Honors Civics class self-selected an environmental topic to research, write a research paper and present their findings. The study was completed in a suburban high school setting. The study Quantitative and qualitative data was gathered using student interest surveys and the New Ecological Paradigm (NEP) Likert Scale Survey. The participants were surveyed before completing their Genius Hour project and after completion. The results of the survey show that an environmental focused Genius Hour can slightly affect students’ attitudes toward the environment. More research is needed to see if attitudes are affected long term.
Survey (attitude scale, opinion, questionnaire)
Environmental Studies, Motivation, Teachers/ Teaching
Opsahl, Claire, "Will An Environmental Focused Genius Hour Affect Students’ Attitudes Toward The Environment?" (2018). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Theses and Dissertations. 4423.
School of Education Student Theses and Dissertations