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Education And Water Conservation In Tucson, Arizona: Towards An Educational Model For Saudi Arabia , Mohammad Sh Al-Shayaa Jan 2004

Education And Water Conservation In Tucson, Arizona: Towards An Educational Model For Saudi Arabia , Mohammad Sh Al-Shayaa

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Saudi Arabia and Tucson, Arizona are both surrounded by desert and rely on groundwater. Both places also suffer from similar types of water shortage problems. The average water usage, in gallons per person per day, in Tucson is 160. In contrast, in Saudi Arabia this figure is 260. Respectively, these factors encouraged the researcher to investigate the educational roles in Tucson. The findings and experience gleaned from Tucson will be used in Saudi Arabia where the researcher is planning to pursue his career.;Information circulated to the Tucson public about water conservation demonstrates effectiveness in addressing issues related to water ...


An Approach To Providing Professional Development With An Environmental Education Component To Agriculture Teachers In Costa Rica , Lynne Wood Brookes Jan 1997

An Approach To Providing Professional Development With An Environmental Education Component To Agriculture Teachers In Costa Rica , Lynne Wood Brookes

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

In 1993 the University of Costa Rica carried out a needs assessment which indicated a widespread need for in-service professional development for high school agriculture teachers. Information was also collected that indicated areas of interest and concern to teachers and the Ministry of Public Education. Subsequently, the University of Costa Rica's Atlantic Regional Center elected to undertake the development and implementation of professional development programs for agriculture teachers. It was determined that the areas to be addressed would include agriculturally oriented environmental education, sustainable agriculture, pedagogy, and methodology useful for information transfer;The objective of this developmental study was ...


Environmental Ethics Made Explicit Through Situated Narrative: Implications For Agriculture And Environmental Education , Danielle Marie Wirth Jan 1996

Environmental Ethics Made Explicit Through Situated Narrative: Implications For Agriculture And Environmental Education , Danielle Marie Wirth

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This dissertation is about the meaning, relevancy, and effectiveness of situated narrative in contemporary Western culture, and particularly about how this mode of message transmission might expand environmentally sustainable behaviors. In-depth interviews with environmental educators and storytellers yielded descriptions of what constitutes ethical behavior and guidelines for how to conduct effective storytelling;Bioregionalism, deep ecology, and ecological feminism were studied to learn salient points and normative behaviors associated with each perspective. Similarities and differences among the three philosophical traditions were explained. Classic and contemporary narratives that promote one or more of these ethics were identified in the literature review;This ...


Experimental Evaluation Of The Effectiveness Of A Computer-Assisted Instructional Unit On Sustainable Agriculture , Gaylan George Scofield Jan 1991

Experimental Evaluation Of The Effectiveness Of A Computer-Assisted Instructional Unit On Sustainable Agriculture , Gaylan George Scofield

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The central purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of an instructional unit on sustainable agriculture using a computer program as a tool to increase environmental awareness, enhance understanding of environmental problems, and promote the resolution of environmental issues in educational settings. The effectiveness of the unit was measured in students' knowledge of sustainable agriculture and both students' and teachers' ratings of the materials contained within the instructional unit;An experimental pretest-posttest design was used in this study. Sixteen Iowa schools (172 students) with agriculture departments who had expressed an interest in field testing the instructional unit were ...


Experimental Evaluation Of An Environmental Conservation Technology Instructional Unit , Linda Susan Whent Jan 1990

Experimental Evaluation Of An Environmental Conservation Technology Instructional Unit , Linda Susan Whent

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The study was conducted during the fall and winter of the 1989-1990 school year to evaluate the effectiveness of an environmental conservation technology instructional unit. The instructional unit was designed for upper level high school agriculture science technology and marketing students (ASTM). The effectiveness of the unit was measured in terms of students' knowledge of environmental conservation technology, students' attitude toward natural resources, and teachers' attitudes toward natural resources and teaching environmental conservation technology;An experimental pretest-posttest control group design was used in this study. Schools with ASTM departments were randomly selected and randomly assigned to groups from a population ...