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Date of Award

Summer 2018

Document Type

Masters Field Project

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)


Environmental Studies

First Advisor

Myers, Gene (O. Gene)

Second Advisor

Stanger, Nicholas


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

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