Environmental Education Professional Development Needs and Priorities Study

SEEK Updated
10/12/2015
Resource Types: 
Report
Research
Abstract: 

Using interview, focus group and questionnaire data, the Environmental Education Professional Development Needs and Priorities Study identified 89 professional development needs for environmental educators, the top priorities for the next 5 years (2010-2015), gaps in current offerings, and work needed to advance education for environmental literacy. Of immediate need is professional development that helps environmental educators:

  • Conduct comprehensive EE programs with diverse audiences in local communities
  • Share models of what works, work together, and network
  • Address environmental sustainability, stewardship, and climate change
  • Apply research knowledge to practice about how to:
    • motivate for citizen participation, action, attitude and behavior change
    • connect others with nature
    • engage diverse audiences and partners
    • help students learn
    • instruct adults
  • Comprehend and apply basic EE fundamentals, core concepts and instructional techniques, and the Guidelines for Excellence
  • Teach and implement critical thinking skills, problem solving skills, and inquiry
  • Integrate EE into K-12; Science, Technology, Engineering & Math projects; No Child Left Behind; and state standards
  • Increase funding, leadership, administrative/executive skills, and communication skills
  • Perform needs assessments, build evaluation into program design, develop objectives, and conduct outcomes evaluation
  • Funded by EETAP - Environmental Education and Training Partnership through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

    Prepared by Principal Investigator:
    M. Lynette Fleming, Ph.D.
    Research, Evaluation & Development Services
    http://eetap.org

    To view the full report go to
    http://www.eetap.org/pages/dynamic/web.page.php?page_id=116&topology_id=1.

Author: 
Environmental Education and Training Partnership (EETAP)
Topic Areas: 
Leadership
Education
Target Audience: 
Adult
Geographic Location: 
All Minnesota
Outside Minnesota
Pages/Length: 
108 pp.
Date Produced/Published: 
12/28/09
Fee: 
No
Library loan: 
No
Is training required?: 
No
Seasonal: 
No
Contact(s) or order information.: 

EETAP
University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point
College of Natural Resources
Stevens Point, WI 54481
715-359-4958
http://eetap.org