Environmental Education Outside School: Effects of a Half-Day Teaching Programme
Education Journal
Volume 2, Issue 6, November 2013, Pages: 231-235
Received: Sep. 6, 2013; Published: Oct. 20, 2013
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Jürgen Drissner, Botanical Garden, University of Ulm, D - 89081 Ulm, Germany
Marie-Luise Steigmüller, Botanical Garden, University of Ulm, D - 89081 Ulm, Germany
Katrin Hille, Transfercenter for Neuroscience and Learning, University of Ulm, Germany
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Abstract
The “Green Classroom” in the Botanical Garden of the University of Ulm is a learning forum outdoor school that is used by about 2,500 school students annually. Its educational concept is based on experiential learning and is geared towards expanding students’ biological knowledge and awareness of small animals such as invertebrates and insects. In the first study, 66 students (grade 4) were asked to draw a picture of a pond as a habitat. 33 of these students had previously visited the “Green Classroom” (intervention group). Students of the intervention group drew more of the smaller types of animals in their pictures and furthermore a bigger variety of species of animals and plants than the control group. In the second study, the same students (66, grade 4) were given a list of animal species, and were asked to tick those which are typical to a pond. Students who had visited the “Green Classroom” ticked more animals off correctly than their peers in the control group.
Keywords
Learning Outside School, Small Animals (Invertebrates, Insects), Knowledge about Small Animals, Experiential Learning
To cite this article
Jürgen Drissner, Marie-Luise Steigmüller, Katrin Hille, Environmental Education Outside School: Effects of a Half-Day Teaching Programme, Education Journal. Vol. 2, No. 6, 2013, pp. 231-235. doi: 10.11648/j.edu.20130206.14
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