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dc.contributor.advisorBarrow, Lloyd H.en
dc.contributor.authorLong, Blaise Edward, 1952-en_US
dc.coverage.spatialMissouri
dc.coverage.spatialUnited States
dc.date.issued2007en_US
dc.date.submitted2007 Summeren
dc.descriptionThe entire dissertation/thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file (which also appears in the research.pdf); a non-technical general description, or public abstract, appears in the public.pdf file.en_US
dc.descriptionTitle from title screen of research.pdf file (viewed on November 29, 2007)en_US
dc.descriptionVita.en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.en_US
dc.descriptionThesis (Ph. D.) University of Missouri-Columbia 2007.en_US
dc.descriptionDissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- Curriculum and instruction.en_US
dc.description.abstractThe National Environmental Education Act of 1990 served as a federal mandate to encourage states to develop environmental education (EE) plans. Missouri's governor authorized the creation of an EE task force in 1993. The recommendations of the state EE task force included the participation of both the formal and nonformal sectors of education at all levels. Unfortunately, a state level EE coordinating council was never established and participation by the formal education sector, state and higher education systems, was never realized. The lack of participation by the formal education system left the majority of the responsibility of creating an environmentally literate state to the nonformal sector. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is one of the state's nonformal, natural resource agencies involved with EE. The agency sponsors a national EE curriculum, Project WET (water education for teachers). The DNR state coordinator for Project WET is responsible for providing workshops for individuals interested in obtaining the WET curriculum and trains Project WET facilitators (PWF) to assist in this effort. More than 300 PWF have been trained in Missouri and have provided workshops for over 7,000 Missouri educators. However, there has not been a formal assessment of PWF understandings about EE. PWF come from both formal and nonformal sectors of EE. Research has shown these two groups to be different (Knapp, 2001, Magill, 2002, & Simmons, 2002) because of their preparation and practice as educators. Contrary to previous research on formal and nonformal educators, PWFs are a homogeneous group as evident by their mean scores on constructs of this study's survey.en_US
dc.identifier.merlin.b61495268en_US
dc.identifier.oclc182857504en_US
dc.identifier.otherLongB-072407-D7756en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10355/4679
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaen_US
dc.relation.ispartof2007 Freely available dissertations (MU)en_US
dc.relation.ispartofcommunityUniversity of Missouri-Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertations. Dissertations. 2007 Dissertations
dc.subject.lcshProject WET Internationalen_US
dc.subject.lcshMissouri -- Dept. of Natural Resourcesen_US
dc.subject.lcshEnvironmental education -- Study and teachingen_US
dc.subject.lcshWater quality -- Study and teachingen_US
dc.titleA study of environmental education in Missouri: a survey of project wet facilitators' understandings of environmental educationen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineLearning, teaching and curriculumen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineLearning, teaching and curriculumeng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaen_US
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.namePh. D.en_US


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