Master of Science (MS)
William H. Russell
Environmentally responsible behaviors, Experiential education, Informal Environmental education programs, Long-term impact study, Ocean stewardship, Student art
Environmental education; Science education; Environmental science
Environmental education programs aim to develop participant awareness, sensitivity, and understanding of their affective relationship to the natural environment through conceptual knowledge and personal experiences. Previous findings have suggested that participation in environmental education programs leads to short-term positive increases in environmental knowledge, pro-environmental attitudes, and intentions to act in environmentally responsible behaviors; however, few studies have included long-term, follow-up assessment. This research provided an analysis of the effectiveness of the O'Neill Sea Odyssey (OSO) education program in fostering a long-term awareness of personal responsibility about ocean pollution among student participants.
A survey administered to 261 students from the greater San Francisco Bay Area in California was used to explore 7th through 10th grade students' conceptions about the connection between ocean pollution and stewardship behaviors. The study revealed that 75% of 86 former OSO participants retained a high level of awareness of the connection between non-point source pollution and personal behaviors two to five years after the program, regardless of differences in sex, language, grade level, and community setting. These results indicate that OSO participants retained a long-term conceptual awareness about environmental stewardship behaviors taught during the OSO program.
Hanneman, Lauren Elizabeth, "The Effectiveness of Experiential Environmental Education: O'Neill Sea Odyssey Program Case Study" (2013). Master's Theses. 4276.