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dc.contributor.advisorChairperson, Graduate Committee: Peggy Taylor.en
dc.contributor.authorCoats, Judith Anneen
dc.date.accessioned2013-11-25T22:44:33Z
dc.date.available2013-11-25T22:44:33Z
dc.date.issued2013en
dc.identifier.urihttps://scholarworks.montana.edu/xmlui/handle/1/2767en
dc.description.abstractThis study examined the efficacy of content-focused pre-visit and post-visit activities on student learning when paired with an out-of-classroom learning experience. San Diego Zoo Education staff provided materials for activities to be conducted in the classroom by teachers both before and after a field trip to the zoo for the Life Cycles program for second grade students. Data collection instruments included student artifacts and attitudinal questionnaires supported by teacher surveys and researcher observations of student participation. Students in classes using the pre- and post-visit activities were compared with students in classes who participated in a Life Cycles program but who did not receive the pre- and post-visit activities. Results showed students had a considerable amount of prior knowledge about animal life cycles and that they were overwhelmingly positive about their visit to the zoo. Students who completed a pre-visit activity in the classroom showed a higher percentage of participation in the educational presentation at the zoo. Teachers bringing students to the zoo did not value post-visit activities but highly valued the opportunity for their students to see live animals.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherMontana State University - Bozeman, Graduate Schoolen
dc.subject.lcshScience--Study and teachingen
dc.subject.lcshEducation, Primaryen
dc.subject.lcshOutdoor educationen
dc.subject.lcshZoosen
dc.titleBlending formal and informal science learning environments : leveraging the best of both for optimal student successen
dc.typeProfessional Paperen
dc.rights.holderCopyright 2013 by Judith Anne Coatsen
thesis.catalog.ckey2211024en
thesis.degree.committeemembersMembers, Graduate Committee: C. John Graves; Joe Bradshaw.en
thesis.degree.departmentIntercollege Programs for Science Education.en
thesis.degree.genreProfessional Paperen
thesis.degree.nameMSen
thesis.format.extentfirstpage1en
thesis.format.extentlastpage64en
mus.relation.departmentIntercollege Programs for Science Education.en_US


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