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Effects of Outdoor Education Programs for Children in California.

American Institutes of Research. (2005)

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Research Scope

119 at-risk sixth grade students participating in an outdoor program. Students were from 4 schools participating in 3 hands-on, ecology-oriented outdoor programs. A control group of 106 students participated in the same program later in the year.

Research Design

Research tools included student, teacher, and parent surveys (pre-, post-, 6-10 weeks post), plus site visits and interviews. The tools aimed at measuring social/personal skills, stewardship of the environment, knowledge/understanding of science, and benefits for English Language Learners

Summary of Findings