National Environmental Literacy Assessment, Phase Two

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National Environmental Literacy Assessment, Phase Two: Measuring the Effectiveness of North American Environmental Education Programs with Respect to the Parameters of Environmental Literacy

Prepared by: Bill McBeth, University of Wisconsin - Platteville, Principal Investigator

February 7, 2011

Introduction to Report
This report is the culmination of Phase Two of the National Environmental Literacy Assessment (NELA) project. Funding was provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the project was administered by the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE). Key partners included researchers from the University of Wisconsin - Platteville, the Center for Instruction, Staff Development and Evaluation in Illinois, and the Florida Institute of Technology.

In their focus on environmental literacy assessment, the NELA Research Team developed a multi-phased study, with the first phase designed to identify baseline levels of environmental literacy among sixth- and eighth-grade students in randomly selected U.S. schools with middle grades. The intent of the second phase of this research was to utilize the results of the baseline measures of environmental literacy in a comparative study.

Thus, this Phase Two research sought to answer two research questions. The first was to determine the level of environmental literacy of sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade students across the U.S., who participate in exemplary environmental education programs at their schools, on each of the following variables: ecological knowledge: verbal commitment; actual commitment; environmental sensitivity; general environmental feelings; environmental issue and action skills. The second was to determine how the level of environmental literacy of students in these programs compared to the Phase One baseline level of environmental literacy of sixth- and eighth-grade students across the U.S.

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Bill McBeth, University of Wisconsin-Platteville, Principal Investigator
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