The impact of an environmental education program on third graders' knowledge, attitudes and behavioral intentions
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The purpose of this study was to measure whether an after-school environmental education program based on modified Project Wild materials, positively impacted third graders environmental knowledge, attitudes and behavioral intentions. Eight lesson plans were developed, piloted and re-designed over a one year period and then delivered to third graders for a total of eight weeks in a fall semester. The lessons included units on water, air, land, recycling, insects, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. A pre-post test retrospective questionnaire was developed to determine changes in the participant's knowledge, attitudes and behavioral intentions as a result of participating in the program. Results indicate positive shifts in knowledge and changes in environmental attitudes and behavioral intentions. Recommendations were also made for future studies.
Vadala, Carin Elizabeth (2003). The impact of an environmental education program on third graders' knowledge, attitudes and behavioral intentions. Master's thesis, Texas A&M University. Texas A&M University. Available electronically from