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The Effect Of The State Giant Traveling Map Of Montana On The Geographic Literacy Of Fourth Graders In Western Montana, Rebecca A. Kranitz 2018 The University Of Montana

The Effect Of The State Giant Traveling Map Of Montana On The Geographic Literacy Of Fourth Graders In Western Montana, Rebecca A. Kranitz

Graduate Student Theses, Dissertations, & Professional Papers

A complex set of factors and processes operating within the United States public education system contribute to high rates of geographic illiteracy in the majority of young adults. These factors include, but are not limited to, a lack of structured federal controls over state geography requirements, insufficient time to implement effective geography curricula, and inadequate assessment techniques. To raise rates of geographic literacy, the National Geographic Society (NGS) created the State Giant Traveling Maps (SGTM) to actively engage students in a geography education experience that simultaneously promotes positive attitudes towards geography while strengthening student map skills. The SGTMs incorporate a ...


Discovering Wonders And Tragedies, MacKenzie Sayre Josephine Wardell 2018 Bard College

Discovering Wonders And Tragedies, Mackenzie Sayre Josephine Wardell

Senior Projects Spring 2018

Discovering wonders of the weather and the ever changing plant life in the Northeast, and tragedies about how disrespectful and selfish humans are towards the environment;My senior project is showing my viewers how exciting and diverse the natural world is and how necessary it is to recognize the destructiveness of plastic and our single-use culture.

During this past year, I’ve spent my time collecting from, observing, and recreating the natural world. I’ve experimented with new mediums such as cyanotype printing, which is brought to life by exposure to sunlight, and I’ve delved into my curiosities about ...


(Un)Packing The Natural: Exploring Tactics Of Empowerment For Girls Through Outdoor Education, Avalon Blue Qian 2018 Bard College

(Un)Packing The Natural: Exploring Tactics Of Empowerment For Girls Through Outdoor Education, Avalon Blue Qian

Senior Projects Spring 2018

Senior Project submitted to The Division of Social Studies of Bard College


Impacts Of Educational Programming At Dolphins Plus On Visitor Knowledge, Attitude And Behavior, Carley Rice 2018 James Madison University

Impacts Of Educational Programming At Dolphins Plus On Visitor Knowledge, Attitude And Behavior, Carley Rice

Masters Theses

Zoos, aquariums, and similar institutions have been transitioning for many years from venues of entertainment to institutions of informal environmental education. This transition has led to these institutions claiming missions of conservation and education. The conservation education impacts of zoos and aquariums are not well understood. The literature is limited and at times inconclusive. Claims of conservation and education should be formally evaluated through survey research projects to determine validity. These types of studies will shed light on these institutions and aid in improving educational programs to best benefit conservation of wildlife, habitats and the environment. The purpose of this ...


The Performance Of 2d And 3d Tsunami Evacuation Maps: A Case Study For Seaside, Oregon, Aaron M. Taveras 2018 Humboldt State University

The Performance Of 2d And 3d Tsunami Evacuation Maps: A Case Study For Seaside, Oregon, Aaron M. Taveras

Theses and projects

Tsunami evacuation maps are intended to inform the public about the geographic extent of the hazard and where to evacuate, but these maps can be difficult to interpret for people unfamiliar with cartographic semiology. This study focuses on the performance of tsunami evacuation maps and how the tsunami hazard is represented cartographically, as at-risk communities must be able to act quickly, and effectively understand tsunami maps to remain aware of the hazard and adequately evacuate. This study investigated the use of static three-dimensional (3D) perspective maps and travel time to safety representation (shown using point markers and choropleth symbology), as ...


Disproportionate Realities: The Climate Justice Implications Of Mitigation Policies Across Scales, Tinuviel Carlson 2018 The University of San Francisco

Disproportionate Realities: The Climate Justice Implications Of Mitigation Policies Across Scales, Tinuviel Carlson

Undergraduate Honors Theses

Global climate change will have disproportionate effects on low-income and minority communities around the world producing important justice challenges. As national governments increasingly rely on local governments, civil society, and private transnational actors to establish and implement climate actions policies, it is important to assess whether and how these newly emergent actors can address these justice challenges. First this thesis examines concepts of justice in relation to climate change across different scales in order to develop a comprehensive conceptual framework of climate justice. This conceptual framework expands the scale of the international climate justice movement address local concerns. Further, the ...


Extreme Smoke Events: Climate Change And Human Health In Western Montana, Sarah Luth 2018 University of Montana

Extreme Smoke Events: Climate Change And Human Health In Western Montana, Sarah Luth

Undergraduate Theses and Professional Papers

Abstract not available.


Apocalyptic Rhetoric And Subversive Framing In "The Uninhabitable Earth", Louisa A. D'Orvidio 2018 Rhode Island College

Apocalyptic Rhetoric And Subversive Framing In "The Uninhabitable Earth", Louisa A. D'Orvidio

Honors Projects Overview

Capturing the public's attention with messages of climate change is immediately important in the face of the threat of global warming. As science communicators and climate scientists struggle to effectively communicate the risks of climate change to the general public, a cross-disciplinary understanding of exemplary communication events is essential to furthering the field of climate change communication. By applying theories of rhetorical criticism to the arguments in the viral, and controversial, New York Magazine cover piece "The Uninhabitable Earth" by David Wallace-Wells, this study evaluated the dominant frames, appeals and persuasive narratives utilized in the article. The analysis drew ...


Environmental Interpretation Plan For The Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail, Rosalie Matsumoto 2018 Western Washington University

Environmental Interpretation Plan For The Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail, Rosalie Matsumoto

WWU Graduate School Collection

As lead researcher and developer of the Interpretation Plan for the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail, this document will detail the background, research, and process involved to develop such a plan for the US Forest Service. I will first conceptualize Interpretation as a profession and its relation to and with Environmental Education with supporting research to help give context to the next section: an introduction to my project. After introducing the Interpretation Plan, I will detail my work and process to develop the Foundational Information, or the core of the Plan. Finally, I will conclude with my challenges, learnings, and ...


The Benefits Of A Therapeutic Nature Education Intervention For Children With Adhd, Madeline Dineen 2018 Western Washington University

The Benefits Of A Therapeutic Nature Education Intervention For Children With Adhd, Madeline Dineen

WWU Graduate School Collection

ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) diagnoses have been on the rise in children in the United States for the last twenty years due to multiple possible reasons (NIMH, 2016). Recent work on the subject, however, notes a positive correlation between exposure of children to experience-based nature therapy and the reduction of ADHD symptoms (Taylor & Kuo 2011). I hypothesized that implementing an intervention that is in an outdoor nature environment, that is experience-based and contains a learning objective would be correlated with a reduction of ADHD behaviors in elementary aged children. This study is a probe into the possibility of utilizing nature therapy and education lessons as a method to reduce ADHD symptoms in elementary aged children. I followed Keith Russell’s (2012) theoretical framework on nature therapy, and used adapted lesson plans from Project Learning Tree’s Environmental Education Activity Guide that have shown promise in raising subsequent engagement in the classroom, to create an intervention model that is comprised of four 30 - 45 minute lessons (Russell, 2012; Kuo et al 2018; plt.org, 2017). The program was delivered to two entire class groups in each of grades kindergarten through third grade in a northwest Washington State public elementary school I tested the intervention model on nine elementary aged students who were members of ...


Finding Aid To The Collection Of Louise Helen Coburn Materials, Louise Helen Coburn, Colby College Special Collections 2018 Colby College

Finding Aid To The Collection Of Louise Helen Coburn Materials, Louise Helen Coburn, Colby College Special Collections

Finding Aids

Louise Helen Coburn was born in Skowhegan, Maine on September 1, 1856, daughter of Stephen Coburn and Helen Sophia Miller. Coburn was Colby's second female graduate (after Mary Low Carver) in 1877, and graduated with Phi Beta Kappa honors. She also later received an honorary Litt. D. degree from Colby in 1914. Coburn's family was deeply tied to Colby College. Her father Stephen graduated in 1839, and the Coburn family was critical to Colby's early development as benefactors. Coburn was a co-founder, along with Mary Low Carver and others, of the Sigma Kappa Sorority. Coburn also later ...


Colonialism And Its Aftermaths In Vieques, Puerto Rico: How U.S. Hegemony Led To Contamination, A Superfund Site, And Local Mistrust, Kaya Mark 2018 Scripps College

Colonialism And Its Aftermaths In Vieques, Puerto Rico: How U.S. Hegemony Led To Contamination, A Superfund Site, And Local Mistrust, Kaya Mark

Scripps Senior Theses

After sixty-two years of U.S. military testing, the small Puerto Rican island of Vieques and its residents continue to fight against ongoing environmental and social effects of U.S. hegemony. Starting with the arrival of the Spanish, then with U.S. occupation and use of Vieques as a military stopover, Viequense residents are used to U.S. governmental presence on their land. Despite the military’s removal from Vieques in 2003, many local residents have a fundamental lack of trust for the U.S. government. Because of this lack of trust and transparency with U.S. governmental actions in ...


Examining The Issue Of Compliance With Personal Protective Equipment Among Wastewater Workers Across The Southeast Region Of The United States, Tamara L. Wright 2018 Georgia Southern University

Examining The Issue Of Compliance With Personal Protective Equipment Among Wastewater Workers Across The Southeast Region Of The United States, Tamara L. Wright

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Wastewater workers are exposed to different occupational hazards such as chemicals, gases, viruses, and bacteria. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is a significant factor that can reduce or increase the probability of an accident from hazardous exposures to chemicals and microbial contaminants. The purpose of this study was to identify wastewater worker’s beliefs and practices on wearing PPE and protections offered by PPE through the integration of the Health Belief Model (HBM). Participants were workers in the wastewater industry, which included wastewater operators, laboratory analysts, maintenance workers, wastewater collection workers, equipment operators, managers, and supervisors (n=272). The instrument was ...


Mechanisms For Private Sector Investment In Plantation Forestry In Australia, Robert Louis Newman 2018 Southern Cross University

Mechanisms For Private Sector Investment In Plantation Forestry In Australia, Robert Louis Newman

Theses

This thesis examines the prerequisites for a durable private sector investment policy for exotic softwood plantations and their management. Pinus radiata is used as a case study as it comprises about 80% of the Australian softwood plantation area, but the principles are generic for industrial plantations. The issue is topical as plantation areas have declined in recent years and significant expansion is needed to satisfy domestic demand. Issues canvased in this thesis include the challenges of long rotations, the costs of suitable land, and the possibility of a market for immature plantations. This study reveals that the industrial plantations cannot ...


Lust For Rust: Wreck Divers And The Management Of Underwater Cultural Heritage, Joanne Edney 2018 Southern Cross University

Lust For Rust: Wreck Divers And The Management Of Underwater Cultural Heritage, Joanne Edney

Theses

Shipwrecks are mysterious, beautiful and evocative. They offer divers unique, diverse and more challenging diving experiences than general scuba diving. It is not surprising, therefore, that interest in and demand for wreck diving has grown as the recreational diving community has expanded and matured over the past six decades. However, shipwrecks are also fragile, non-renewable finite resources, and important elements of our underwater cultural heritage. Wreck diving can result in negative impacts on the cultural heritage values of shipwrecks. An understanding of wreck diver behaviour, motivations and attitudes can assist heritage managers to balance protection of underwater cultural heritage and ...


More Than An Adrenaline Rush: A Study Of White Shark Cage-Dive Participants In Australia And The Potential To Encourage A Conservation Ethic, Kirin Therese Apps 2018 Southern Cross University

More Than An Adrenaline Rush: A Study Of White Shark Cage-Dive Participants In Australia And The Potential To Encourage A Conservation Ethic, Kirin Therese Apps

Theses

Wildlife tourism is often promoted by government and industry as an activity which supports conservation by enhancing participant environmental knowledge, attitudes and behaviour. Despite speculation as to the conservation potential of wildlife tourism, empirical evidence to support such claims is limited. Globally, many shark species are facing significant population declines, yet conservation programs are often hampered by negative public perceptions. Sharks are one group of marine species which could benefit from the conservation potential of tourism. However, despite the rising popularity of shark-based tourism over the past two decades, little academic attention has focused on the human dimension of the ...


Monitoring And Evaluating Malawi Youth Conservation Engagement After Community-Based Environmental Education Workshops, Stefanie Kramer 2018 Portland State University

Monitoring And Evaluating Malawi Youth Conservation Engagement After Community-Based Environmental Education Workshops, Stefanie Kramer

Master of Environmental Management Project Reports

This project addressed Peace Corps Malawi’s need to redevelop and implement environmental education workshops using a community-based approach, monitored project outcomes from these workshops, and provided an evaluation of strengths and areas for improvement of the environmental education workshop program.


Exploring Lifelong Influence Of Participating In The Junior Audubon Club During Childhood, Amy Weidensaul 2018 Antioch University of New England

Exploring Lifelong Influence Of Participating In The Junior Audubon Club During Childhood, Amy Weidensaul

Dissertations & Theses

There is limited research looking at the role that specific programs play in the formation of environmental identity, or lifelong influences of specific environmental programs. This study looks to address this gap by exploring the salient and memorable experiences of past Junior Audubon Club members who participated in the program as children, and how they describe the influences of the program on their environmental identities. Based on this study, there were specific components of the Junior Audubon Club that proved most influential and lasting for the participants, including active learning in nature, supportive adults who shared similar interest and passions ...


Stream Of Consciousness (2018), Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring (ALLARM) 2018 Dickinson College

Stream Of Consciousness (2018), Alliance For Aquatic Resource Monitoring (Allarm)

Stream of Consciousness

Stream of Consciousness is the publication of the Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring (ALLARM) at Dickinson College.

Table of Contents

The Overlap of Citizen Science and Place-Based Learning / by Nick Long

Seasonal Suggestions to the Homeowner for Improving Stream Health / by Rachel Krewson

What Does a Scientist Look Like? / by Tom O'Donnell

Meet the Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper / by Sara Johnson

The Intersectional Future of Water Quality: Lessons Learned from the Waterkeeper Alliance / by Meredith Jones

Senior Reflections

ALLARM in Pictures


Use Of An Alternative Natural Weed Suppressant: Effects Of Parboiled Rice Hill Mulch On The Growth Of Container Weeds, Amy R. Fields-Taylor, Vanessa Slinger-Friedman 2017 Kennesaw State University

Use Of An Alternative Natural Weed Suppressant: Effects Of Parboiled Rice Hill Mulch On The Growth Of Container Weeds, Amy R. Fields-Taylor, Vanessa Slinger-Friedman

The Kennesaw Journal of Undergraduate Research

The Chattahoochee Nature Center (CNC) is one of the leading educational centers in Georgia about the ecology of the Chattahoochee River. Due to lack of man power, keeping down the weeds in the CNC plant nursery is one of those tasks that often gets left undone. The nursery becomes overgrown with invasive weed species. Understandably, they must sometimes resort to the use of herbicides, such as Roundup®, to keep the hundreds of native and endangered species of plants housed at CNC from being choked out by invasive weeds. This study tests the ability to suppress weed growth by use of ...


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