Effects of an art-based environmental education camp program on the environmental attitudes and awareness of diverse youth

Ami Flowers Staples, Lincoln R. Larson, Ti’Era Worsley, Gary T. Green, John P. Carroll

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Abstract

This study used a combination of surveys and drawing-based metrics to evaluate whether integration of art-based activities into EE camp programing could enhance environmental orientations of diverse youth ages 6–12 (n = 285) in Athens, GA, USA. Compared to a control group, art-based EE had a positive effect on children’s eco-awareness and environmental knowledge. However, effects of the art-based EE were comparable to those observed for a conventional EE summer camp. Interactions between the treatment and demographic variables (e.g., gender, age, race/ethnicity) were minimal, suggesting that both types of EE programing worked well for different groups of youth. Results highlight the potential value of art in EE research and practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)208-222
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Environmental Education
Volume50
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2019

Keywords

  • age
  • art
  • environmental orientations
  • gender
  • non-formal EE
  • race
  • youth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Environmental Science(all)

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