Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A case study measuring the passive impact of the natural setting of a non-traditional classroom on university student academic achievement in English
by Byrd, Sarah Barmore, M.S., Tarleton State University, 2013, 141; 1540698
Abstract (Summary)

This quasi-experimental, two-week case study examines the effect of an outdoor classroom on university students' academic achievement and assesses the students' demographic relationship to the classroom environment and academic achievement. This study assesses theories and studies examining nature's impact on cognitive functioning and academic achievement. The results of this study showed no significant difference between the control and treatment group in academic achievement, and no significant relationship was found between the students' academic achievement, demographics and the passive presence of a natural environment. Future suggestions include using a mixed method approach, a larger sample size, and further investigation of the impact of a natural environment on educators.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Tarpley, Rudy
Commitee: Peak, Kayla, Stanley-Stevens, Leslie
School: Tarleton State University
Department: Agricultural and Consumer Sciences
School Location: United States -- Texas
Source: MAI 52/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Environmental education, Educational psychology, Higher education
Keywords: English literature, Natural environment, Non-traditional classroom, Outdoor classroom, Plant people interaction, University education
Publication Number: 1540698
ISBN: 978-1-303-20635-1
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