Adult Environmental Education: Active vs. Passive Pedagogy

Authors: Kelly McKenna*,
Topics: Environment
Keywords: environmental education, adult learning, pedagogy
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 1:20 PM / 3:00 PM
Room: Napoleon Foyer/Common St. Corridor, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
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Active and passive learning strategies have both been used as a foundation for educational growth long before the turn of the environmental revolution. However, never before has the actual efficacy of active versus passive learning strategies in regard to adult environmental education and persistent behavioral changes been measured or studied. In this presentation, an attempt will be made to determine whether or not active or passive learning strategies are more successful in adult populations, focusing on adults in Pinellas county. In order for this study to be completed successfully, many individuals were surveyed both prior to and after environmental education activities. These volunteers were tested on both environmental education and environmental behaviors before and after each activity in order to determine whether or not the environmental education provided successfully contributed to his or her base of environmental knowledge and whether it encouraged the participant to make healthier environmental decisions. In passive learning, the exercises are primarily lecture based, with many revolving around guided hikes. In active learning, the participants are partaking in local clean-up activities as well costal restoration projects. The theory is that adult learners will respond greater to active learning strategies where he or she can physically engage in the learning exercises and share a greater motivation to improve environmental health. During this presentation, preliminary results will be shared and data collections will be reviewed regarding success of both learning strategies in regard to environmental education.

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