Residential environmental educatiton program evaluation practices and needs

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dc.contributor Cherry, Julia A.
dc.contributor Gregg, Madeleine
dc.contributor Herron, Julie
dc.contributor Wilson, Elizabeth K.
dc.contributor.advisor Nichols, Sharon E. Bourke, Nicholas F. 2017-03-01T14:42:06Z 2017-03-01T14:42:06Z 2011
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0000621
dc.identifier.other Bourke_alatus_0004D_10650
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract The study examined the current program evaluation practices of residential environmental education centers (REEC) and the needs of the center program directors and other center stakeholders in regard to program evaluations. Presently, a lack of quality systematic evaluation has been noted in the area of environmental education. This is problematic given that evaluation is critical to the design of quality education experiences. This mixed methods case study involved a survey of 114 residential environmental education center directors across the United States, and a case study of a residential environmental center in the Southeast United States. The survey provided information regarding the program evaluation practices and needs of the center directors. Semi-structured interviews were conducted as part of a case study of a single residential center in the Southeast United States. Interviews of various stakeholders of the residential center provided a deeper contextualized understanding of their perspectives of program evaluation. Analysis of survey data and narrative insights from the case study of "Camp Davis" revealed that residential centers evaluate programs using a variety of methods, but lack effective methods of evaluating important center goals. This study portrays the multi-dimensional needs REECs would like to address in their processes of evaluation, and expressed need for assistance to improve their evaluation practices.
dc.format.extent 187 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Education, General
dc.subject.other Educational evaluation
dc.subject.other Environmental education
dc.title Residential environmental educatiton program evaluation practices and needs
dc.type thesis
dc.type text University of Alabama. Dept. of Curriculum and Instruction Educational Research The University of Alabama doctoral Ed.D.

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