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Shifts in sense of place due to environmental education: California's Northern San Joaquin Valley

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dc.contributor.advisor Hauselt, Peggy Lewis, Heather T.
dc.contributor.other Fleming, Michael
dc.contributor.other Diaz-Garayua, Jose 2018-05-24T18:54:40Z 2018-05-24T18:54:40Z 2018 May en_US 2018-05-24
dc.identifier.other Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies en_US
dc.description.abstract The Airport Neighborhood is a disenfranchised community in California’s Northern San Joaquin region. With local manufacturing distribution centers located in the west and Modesto City-County Airport in the east, Oroville Wright Elementary is a centralized location for the residents of the Airport Neighborhood. In the Airport Neighborhood it is possible that socioeconomics and demographics effect underrepresented Hispanic youth’s desire to participate and self-identify in environmental education programs. When children participate in environmental education programs, they learn environmental concepts that are associated with strengthening critical thinking. It is suggested that short-term co-curricular environmental education can shift a young person’s sense of place. In the case of disenfranchised students, we proposed that it can increase a positive attitude towards their outdoor environment. This study took place with 5th grade students and with a nonprofit environmental organization, Tuolumne River Trust. The Tuolumne River Trust provides environmental education lessons on the Tuolumne River and the rivers’ watershed. Students drew mental maps before and after their environmental education lessons. These maps were used to study if the students’ sense of place is associated with the Tuolumne River prior to their environmental education lessons. Minor changes in the mental maps revealed that it is vital that the disenfranchised student’s should participle in co-curricular programs. Also, environmental education programs need to promote family participation and include bilingual services. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.title Shifts in sense of place due to environmental education: California's Northern San Joaquin Valley en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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