The purpose of the study is to determine student views of the influence of the Eco
Education Urban Stewards program’s impact on their involvement in community
environmental initiatives. Eco Education is a non-profit organization in St. Paul that
facilitates an urban, environmental, year-long science curriculum delivered in middle
schools in Minnesota. The year-long program ends with an urban, environmental
service-learning project. Ten high school students from the Inter District Downtown
School who had completed Urban Stewards in middle school took a survey and were
interviewed and compared with ten high school students who had a more traditional
middle school science experience. Semi-structured oral interviews were conducted with
each student. Transcriptions of the interviews were analyzed and compared to the survey
results. The survey results were tabulated and given numerical values to compare the
Eco Education and non-Eco Education students. Common themes and differences were discovered when comparing the survey results and interview transcriptions of the two
groups. Urban Stewards students demonstrated more awareness of environmental issues, concerns and community projects but not by a significant amount.
University of Minnesota Ed.D. dissertation. November 2010. Major: Educational Policy and Administration. Advisors: Deanne Magnusson, PhD, Byron Schneider, PhD. 1 computer file (PDF); iii, 101 pages, appendices A-D.
Hobert, Thomas Milton.
A follow-up study of Eco Education’s environmental service-learning program..
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