Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Conservation engineering outreach: Curriculum development and evaluation of Smart Fishing in the Bering Sea
by Simpson, Christine Honan, M.S.O.E.E., Alaska Pacific University, 2014, 174; 1571622
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this project to was to 1) develop, 2) instruct, 3) evaluate, and 4) revise a 5th-12th grade fisheries conservation engineering outreach program entitled Smart Fishing and the Bering Sea (SFBS).

Fishery resources are important to Alaska and Alaskans, but present complex conservation challenges including user conflicts and concerns about unsustainable fishing practices. Increasing Alaska residents' environmental literacy will enhance natural resource management decisions regarding fisheries. The intent of the SFBS program is to introduce students to ecological and economical factors that drive conservation engineering in the Bering Sea pollock fishery. I instructed the SFBS program to 93 students from four different public and private institutions in Anchorage, Alaska. My observations and participants' pre- and post-program concept maps were used to evaluate the effectiveness of the SFBS curriculum. Participants gained content knowledge from this fishery outreach program about the Bering Sea and commercial fishing. Program evaluation analysis and results were used to revise the curriculum and make suggestions to SFBS stakeholders.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Harris, Bradley P.
Commitee: Kaplan, Mike, Murphy, Richard
School: Alaska Pacific University
Department: Outdoor Studies
School Location: United States -- Alaska
Source: MAI 54/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Environmental education, Middle School education, Elementary education, Secondary education, Science education, Curriculum development, Aquatic sciences
Keywords: Education, Environment, Fisheries, Marine, Outreach, Science
Publication Number: 1571622
ISBN: 978-1-321-43429-3
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