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The Schoolyard As An Outdoor Classroom: Learning Through Experience, Jason W. Spray Jul 2015

The Schoolyard As An Outdoor Classroom: Learning Through Experience, Jason W. Spray

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When teaching ecology concepts, teachers often overlook utilizing the schoolyard as an outdoor classroom. This study examined the use of the schoolyard to teach ecology concepts in order to improve environmental knowledge and attitudes among fifth grade African-American students. The “Nature Unleashed” curriculum was the primary source for the lessons. This curriculum encompasses experiential learning and place-based education. The curriculum, taught over a six-week period, utilized hands-on activities inside and outside of the classroom. There were 248 fifth grade African-American students (N = 248) who participated in the research study. Students responded to a pre- and post-assessment to measure knowledge gains ...


The Relationship Between Race-Related Stress And The Career Planning And Confidence For African-American College Students, Dwaine Tito Turner Jan 2015

The Relationship Between Race-Related Stress And The Career Planning And Confidence For African-American College Students, Dwaine Tito Turner

Theses and Dissertations

The literature on multiculturalism and career counseling (Harro, 2010) has extensively documented the role and influence of environments such as school in the perpetuation of behavioral attitudes like discrimination and racism. Indeed, researchers suggested that early racial discrimination experiences in school may lead African Americans to believe that their education will not benefit them because of the many perceived racial barriers associated with professional careers and employment success (O’Hara et. al., 2011).

Due to effects of such experiences, African American students are likely take the path of academic underachievement and low participation in higher education. It is, therefore, of ...