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carls009.jpgEnvironmental Science Education Educator, Stephan Carlson, along with colleagues, Joe Heimlich and Martin Storksdieck, have published a research article in the current issue of the International Electronic Journal of Environmental Education. The article, titled Validating an Environmental Education Field Day Observation Tool describes one step of the process used to develop our Field Days Observation Tool. The article describes how Carlson and his colleagues assessed the alignment between student perceptions of the field days they attended, and how observers noted characteristics of these events. Results suggest that our observation tool captures both the perspectives of trained observers and students participating in these events. Click to read the abstract and access a PDF of the full text for this article.

The Importance of Connecting with Science Professionals

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Check out a new video by Sheril Kirshenbaum - well-respected scientist, blogger, and author of Unscientific America. In this video, Kirshenbaum notes that: "Just 18 percent of Americans know a scientist personally."

Many of our Environmental Science Education programs aim to improve American experience and personal connection with science. The Driven to Discover: Enabling Youth Inquiry through Citizen Science involves youth with professional scientists, who support their inquiry projects. Youth participants interact closely with natural resources professionals during Field Day programs. One of the goals of the Minnesota Master Naturalist program is to connect volunteers into their larger communities of science and stewardship. Fostering these connections is a critical step toward achieving the "engaged scientific public" for which Kirshenbaum calls.

Environmental Science Education Educator, Stephan Carlson, along with colleagues, Joe Heimlich and Martin Storksdieck, have published a research article in the current issue of the journal Environmental Education Research. The article, titled Building face, construct, and content validity through use of a modified Delphi: adapting grounded theory to build an environmental field days observation tool describes one step of the process used to create our Evaluation Tool for Assessing Environmental Field Days. Click to read the abstract for this article at the Informaworld website.


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