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Evaluating the impact of an environmental education programme; an empirical study in Mexico.

Ruiz-Mallen, I., Barraza, L., Bodenhorn, B. and Reyes-Garci­a, V. 2009, Evaluating the impact of an environmental education programme; an empirical study in Mexico., Environmental education research, vol. 15, no. (3), pp. 371-387, doi: 10.1080/13504620902906766.

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Title Evaluating the impact of an environmental education programme; an empirical study in Mexico.
Author(s) Ruiz-Mallen, I.
Barraza, L.
Bodenhorn, B.
Reyes-Garci­a, V.
Journal name Environmental education research
Volume number 15
Issue number (3)
Start page 371
End page 387
Total pages 17
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2009-06
ISSN 1350-4622
1469-5871
Keyword(s) environmental education
impact assessment
Mexican indigenous adolescents
knowledge acquisition
evaluation
Summary This study draws on information from 11 in-depth interviews, two focus groups and 72 written questionnaires to evaluate an extra-curricular environmental education programme on forestry designed for preparatory school students from a small rural community in Mexico. Specifically, the study assessed the impact of the programme on the ecological knowledge of 72 students. Qualitative feedback suggests that students learnt about forestry, acquired greater awareness of the importance of conservation for the local environment and enjoyed the participatory teaching methods used in the programme. Quantitative results show a positive and significant association between the number of times a student participated in the programme and the student’s ecological knowledge. Students who participated in the programme once had a 16.3% higher knowledge on ecological concepts and knew, on average, 1.5 more local forest plants than students who never attended it (p<.001). Findings suggest that the inclusion of participatory environmental education programmes in preparatory schools would improve the acquisition of ecological knowledge. Further research could consider the consistency of the findings by replicating participatory methods presented here and by using an experimental research design.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/13504620902906766
Field of Research 050203 Environmental Education and Extension
130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
Socio Economic Objective 970105 Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2009, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30025622

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Education
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