Capstone Project Title
Patty Born Selly
This capstone sought to answer the following question: what are the best instructional methods for meeting the goals of place-based and environmental education in a short-term, immersive undergraduate setting? While place-based education and environmental education have been exhaustively studied for younger learners, a dearth of research exists in their application for college students. Through a review of the literature and the execution of the project, a January interim course for college students studying the Driftless Region, it was determined that several factors influence successful and meaningful learning for college students. Most notably, discussion, experiential learning, and engagement with community members must be emphasized; when conducting assessment, participation, journals, and hands-on summative projects are better representations of student learning than long-form papers or tests. Findings suggest immense potential for rapid learning and personal growth through courses of this nature, but significantly more research is needed to better understand how college students learn in these settings and towards these educational goals.
Adult Education, Curriculum, Environmental Studies, Teachers/ Teaching
Whitehead, Henry, "Best Methods for Meeting the Goals of Environmental and Place-Based Education in Short-Term and Immersive Undergraduate Settings" (2020). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Projects. 483.
School of Education Student Capstone Projects