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How Does an Environmental Educator Address Student Engagement in a Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE)?

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dc.contributor.advisor Smith, Cindy Char, Chelia
dc.creator Char, Chelia en_US 2014-09-18T01:56:12Z 2014-09-18T01:56:12Z 2014-05 en_US
dc.description.abstract Children represent the future and thus by providing them with effective environmental educational experiences, educators may be taking a critical step in preventing "the probable serious environmental problems in the future" (Gökhan, 2010, p. 56). The Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE) is an excellent example of one such education program. MWEEs aim to educate and enhance the students' relationship with the Chesapeake Bay Watershed through an integration of classroom activities and fieldwork. As environmental educators and role models, field interpreters are a major component and significant influence on the local MWEE programs, however their perspective as to how they have impacted the programs has yet to be examined. Through a qualitative analysis and specific focus on the behavioral, emotional, and cognitive dimensions of student engagement, the researcher intended to address this void. The focus of the study was to examine how the local MWEE field interpreters understood and addressed student engagement in a field setting. This was measured via data collected from observations of and semi-structured, one-on-one interviews with each field interpreter involved with the local MWEE programs. Data analysis uncovered that field interpreters demonstrated a strong awareness of student engagement. Furthermore, they defined, recognized, and addressed student engagement within the constructs of the emotional, behavioral, and cognitive dimensions. Ultimately, the individual experiences of each MWEE field interpreter provides insight into the phenomenon, however further research is required to strengthen the awareness of how, if at all, their perspectives of student engagement directly impact student outcomes.
dc.format.extent 81 pages en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Copyright 2014 Chelia Char en_US
dc.subject Science education en_US
dc.subject Environmental Education en_US
dc.subject Environmental Educator en_US
dc.subject MWEE en_US
dc.subject Qualitative en_US
dc.subject Science Education en_US
dc.subject Student Engagement en_US
dc.title How Does an Environmental Educator Address Student Engagement in a Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE)? en_US
dc.type Dissertation en Master's en Environmental Science and Public Policy en George Mason University en

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