Setting them up for success : investigating the efficacy of the Philadelphia Zoo's outreach educator training program, an informal science education project

dc.contributor.advisorChairperson, Graduate Committee: Peggy Taylor.en
dc.contributor.authorYordan, Andrea Gissingen
dc.date.accessioned2013-06-25T18:43:19Z
dc.date.available2013-06-25T18:43:19Z
dc.date.issued2011en
dc.description.abstractIrrespective of the forum in which they teach, it is necessary for all educators to receive proper training before they can truly be effective teachers. This study investigated the current methods used to train the outreach educators working in the Philadelphia Zoo's Zoo on Wheels (ZOW) department. Using a combination of employee surveys and quiz, and interviews, this study examined the three areas which outreach staff need to be trained in order to be effective educators: animal handling, scientific knowledge, and the development of teaching and presentation skills. The results indicated that areas with defined training protocols had the highest levels of educator confidence and efficacy. Outreach employees indicated that knowledge acquisition is the weakest area in terms of formal training, with educators being responsible for developing their knowledge base on their own.en
dc.identifier.urihttps://scholarworks.montana.edu/handle/1/2586en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherMontana State University - Bozeman, Graduate Schoolen
dc.rights.holderCopyright 2011 by Andrea Gissing Yordanen
dc.subject.lcshTeachers--Training ofen
dc.subject.lcshCareer developmenten
dc.subject.lcshNon-formal educationen
dc.titleSetting them up for success : investigating the efficacy of the Philadelphia Zoo's outreach educator training program, an informal science education projecten
dc.typeProfessional Paperen
mus.relation.departmentMaster of Science in Science Education.en_US
thesis.catalog.ckey1740381en
thesis.degree.departmentMaster of Science in Science Education.en
thesis.degree.genreProfessional Paperen
thesis.degree.nameMSen
thesis.format.extentfirstpage1en
thesis.format.extentlastpage76en

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