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Environmental literacy and activism: a case study of how the school for environmental studies (MN) influenced its graduates





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This study was used to research the environmental behaviors and literacy of the 2000-2001 graduates of the School for Environmental Studies in Apple Valley, Minnesota. A survey was administered to examine the environmental behaviors. Interviews with two founders of the school and interviews with four graduates helped to examine the environmental literacy as well as the impact the school had on the graduates. The results showed that relevant, real world, interdisciplinary classes where students were given the freedom to research in depth in cooperative groups were the most significant factors in creating an impact on their knowledge and behavior. After the completion of the study, the questions raised concerned duplication. Would the results be the same in a low-income community or in a traditional school?

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