Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Instilling a Sense of Place and Commitment to Conservation through a Habitat Monitoring Internship
by Wadden, Peter R., M.A., Prescott College, 2013, 176; 1538859
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis seeks to understand the impacts and outcomes of a six-week wildlife habitat monitoring internship on the 12 adolescent students who participated. The opportunity for this project sprung from my involvement in the design and implementation of this internship at Walking Mountains Science Center in Avon, Colorado. The interns spent six-weeks performing field data collection for the United States Forest Service, learning about ecology, botany, and environmental ethics, and earning college credit for their work. Inductive analysis was used to analyze data from a variety of sources. The results indicated that this internship was an effective model for instilling a sense of place, commitment to conservation, and increased sense of self-efficacy among its participants. Hands-on field research of this type has potential to increase sense of place, commitment to conservation, and a sense of self-efficacy, thereby augmenting a student's engagement in science, and improving performance in advanced science courses.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Garrison, Elizabeth
Commitee: Langmaid, Kimberly, Sherman, Peter
School: Prescott College
Department: Environmental Studies
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: MAI 51/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Environmental education, Environmental Studies
Keywords: Biophilia, Conservation, Land ethic, Sagebrush, Sense of place, Service learning
Publication Number: 1538859
ISBN: 978-1-303-12977-3
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