St. Paul, MN: University of Minnesota Extension Service
The following results are based on two focus groups conducted in October, 2007. The 14
participants (7 at each focus group) had gone through the Assessment Tool training on the use
of the tools and also had used the tools to assess environmental field days.
Focus group questions specifically addressed both the quality of the training as well as the
tools (individual and holistic) themselves. The participants were asked not only to describe their
experiences but also to provide recommendations to improve the training and the tools.
During the focus group discussions it became clear that participants also wanted to address
the actual day of the observation, or the field day experience itself. Thus, the results address
these three key areas: 1) the day of the training; 2) the field day experience, and 3) the tools.
Marczak, M and Carlson, S. (2008). Best Practices for Field Days Environmental Field Days Assessment Tool: Focus Group Results. St. Paul, MN: University of Minnesota Extension Service.
Best Practices for Field Days;523-02
Marczak, Mary; Carlson, Stephan.
Best Practices for Field Days: Environmental Field Days Assessment Tool: Focus Group Results.
St. Paul, MN: University of Minnesota Extension Service.
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