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Masters Field Project
Master of Education (MEd)
Myers, Gene (O. Gene)
For my masters field project, I designed and ran a five-day week long summer program called Beach Investigators that teaches about the beach, and observing and investigating out surroundings. The Program aimed to provide 5th through 9th grade students with skill and internal motivation they could use to engage in more thoughtful and in-depth exploration of their local ecosystem. This program is based in Self Determination theory (SDT), which has the potential to aid in the aims and goals of EE. I found that SDT programming has the potential both increase student ecological knowledge, as well as increase motivation for continued self-driven learning in the short term. Because SDT can serve this purpose, it is likely to be add a powerful foundation to EE and outdoor education.
Environment educaiton, Self-determination Theory, outdoor education, free exploration, education
Western Washington University
Subject – LCSH
Environmental education--Activity programs; Outdoor education; Motivation in education
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Bryant, Mark F. (Mark Franklin), "Self-determined Exploration of the Outdoors and What Students Can Teach Themselves: A Report on the Beach Investigators Summer Program" (2018). WWU Graduate School Collection. 736.