Using Digital Photography and Journaling to Evaluate Field-Based Environmental Education Programs
|Title||Using Digital Photography and Journaling to Evaluate Field-Based Environmental Education Programs|
|Publication Type||Journal Articles|
|Year of Publication||2013|
|Authors||Ardoin NM, DiGiano M, Bundy J, Chang S, Holthuis N, O'Connor K|
|Secondary Title||Studies in Educational Evaluation|
Interest, curiosity, and engagement are critical intermediary outcomes in environmental education programs, many of which ultimately work toward enhancing participants' environmental attitudes, knowledge, skills, and behaviors. Methods to measure the construct of “interest” in the context of environmental education have the potential to enhance program evaluation practices yet remain underdeveloped. Therefore, we investigated how situational interest was triggered among participants in an environmental education camp and tested two participant-driven tools for exploring interest within this setting: digital photography and journaling. Findings suggest that several key domains of interest may be revealed by using photography and journaling concurrently and/or independently as evaluation tools. We discuss potential benefits and challenges of their use for evaluating environmental education programs.
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