The Purpose of this Project was to Develop and Implement an Annual Environmental Education Inservice and to Evaluate the Attitudes, Values and Time Spent Teaching about the Environment by Teachers in the Hortonville Area School District
Resch, Scott T.
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, College of Natural Resources
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The purpose of this project was to develop and implement an annual environmental education inservice for the Hortonville Area School District. Through the inservice the attitudes and values of the teachers towards environmental education would be evaluated. Also the amount of time teachers spent teaching about the environment would be evaluated. The process started by getting involved with curriculum writing. This allowed an understanding of what environmental education material teachers were teaching and at what grade levels. After this, a network of links with principals, administration, faculty, and school board members was established. This step was done so the inservice could take place and to align the inservice with Hortonville Area School District's environmental education curriculum. A pre survey was given at the beginning of the inservice. Then at the end of the school year a post survey was given. A comparison was made between the pre and post surveys to see if changes occurred in the attitudes, values, and time spent teaching about the environment by teachers that attended the inservice. It was found that teachers at Hortonville Area School District feel very confident in teaching and in teaching environmental education. What they need is help in finding the materials to infuse environmental education into their curriculum.