Research: Students learn environmental stewardship, improve science scores

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10/12/2015
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Research
Abstract: 

Some scholars claim that including environmental education into the school curriculum improves student tests in science and other subject areas. To test this hypothesis, researchers used pre/post-tests of 463 students in 4 schools in Louisiana. Students received horticulture lessons and grew plants for a restoration project on coastal areas. Participants scored higher in science tests after the first and second years of instruction than students in a control group. In addition, "Long and short-term memory test indicated individual higher scores for the students who were instructed in this program compared to the control students."

SOURCE:
Kathryn Karsh, Edward Bush, Janice Hinson and Pamela Blanchard. Integrating Horticulture Biology and Environmental Coastal Issues into the Middle School Science Curriculum. HortTechnology, 19: 813-817 (2009).

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/12/091211093641.htm

To read the entire thesis, go to: http://etd.lsu.edu/docs/available/etd-03282005-124326/unrestricted/Karsh...

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Author: 
Kathryn Karsh, Edward Bush, Janice Hinson and Pamela Blanchard.
Topic Areas: 
Research
Education
Target Audience: 
All
Geographic Location: 
All Minnesota
Outside Minnesota
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