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Meta-analysis Studies on Instruction and Schools
McREL (Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning) has conducted several powerful meta-analyses of research on school improvement, compiling th...

Service-learning as "Citizenship" Education: The Promise and the Puzzles
This study set out to address these gaps in the literature and to inform the practice of service-learning by examining the following research question...

Using Environment-Based Education to Advance Learning Skills and Character Development
Report at http://www.neefusa.org/pdf/EnviroEdReport.pdfFrom the Forward:This report describes the efficacy of environment-based education in helping y...

Service Learning and Assessment: A Field Guide for Teachers
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The Civic Mission of Schools
Written and endorsed by a distinguished and diverse group of more than 50 scholars and practitioners, The Civic Mission of Schools summarizes the evid...

Meta-analysis Studies on Instruction and Schools
The synthesized research findings presented in this document are based in part on an earlier study (Marzano, 1998), which summarizes findings from mor...

Best Practices for Curriculum, Teaching, and Evaluation Components of Aquatic Stewardship Education.
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An Overview of an Issue and Action Instruction Program for Stewardship Education.
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California Student Assessment Project:The Effects of Environment-based Education of Student Achievement
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How People Learn:Brain, Mind, Experience and School
Study available at http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=6160&page=R1...

Environment-Based Education: Creating High Performance Schools and Students.
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Schoolyard Learning: The Impact of School Grounds
During the Spring and Summer of 2000, the Boston Schoolyard Initiative, in collaboration with the Global Learning Group, undertook a survey of scho...

The Educational Efficacy of Environmental Education
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Place-Based Curriculum and Instruction: Outdoor and Environmental Education Approaches
Report at http://202.198.141.77/upload/soft/0-a/Place.doc...

Rural Schools: Small Schools, Teacher Preparation, Place-Based Education
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Communication for Social Change: An Integrated Model for Measuring the Process and Its Outcomes
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYThe model of Communication for Social Change (CFSC) describes an iterative process where "community dialogue" and "collective action"...

Teton Summit for Program Evaluation in Nonformal Environmental Education
The following text was written in order to capture the spirit of the conversations that took place over two and half days at the Teton Science School ...

Elements of Effective Environmental Education Programs
While said more than 30 years ago, the importance of this statement has not lessened. Amidst numerous, growing and complex environmental problems, the...

Raising Minority Academic Achievement: A Compendium of Educational Programs and Practices
This document reports on a 22-month effort to identify, summarize and analyze evaluations of school and youth programs that show gains for minority yo...

Generally Accepted Principles of Teaching and Learning and their Implications for Local Education Support Systems
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GLOBE program evaluation
Web site at http://www.globe.gov/fsl/html/templ.cgi?evaluation&lang=en&nav=1...

Children's Enviornmental Research Group
The Children's Environments Research Group (CERG), provides an important link between university scholarship and the development of policies, environm...

Green is Good for You
http://www.apa.org/monitor/apr01/greengood.html...

Nearby Nature: A Buffer of Life Stress among Rural Children
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Daylighting in Schools:
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Making the Difference: Research and Practice in Community Schools
Making the Difference: Research and Practice in Community Schools, a report recently released by the Coalition for Community Schools, features 20 diff...

Measuring the Success of Environmental Education Programs
Executive SummaryToday more than ever, society needs high-quality environmental education programs that succeed in moving values and changing behaviou...

The Potential Power of Place in Education: An Evaluation of The Northeast Community Mapping Program
Now completing its fourth year, the Northeast Community Mapping Program (CMP) is a place-based education professional development program of the Orton...

The Effects of Online Science Instruction Using Geographic Information Systems to Foster Inquiry Learning of Teachers and Middle School Science Students
This study investigated the effects of using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to improve middle school students' and their teachers' understanding...

Growing old in rural communities: A visual methodology for studying place attachment
The meaning particular places hold for those who inhabit these familiar spaces are important for understanding the choices and decisions people make d...

Transforming Schools Through Community Organizing: A Research Review
Community organizing engages parents in poor performing schools to improve children's educational outcomes. Although standard parent involvement pract...

Green Power
A patch of greenery isn't just another pretty space. A growing body of research is showing that natural settings provide tangible mental health benefi...

Student gains from Place-Based Education,
Place-based or environment-based education uses the environment as an integrating context (EIC) across disciplines. It is characterized by exploration...

Improving the Understanding of Food, Farming and Land Management Amongst School-age Children: A Literature Review
RESEARCH BRIEF:IntroductionThe UK population depends heavily on the countryside for food, recreation, tourism and many other purposes.  However, ...

Effects of School Leadership
LeadershipThere is wide recognition that school leaders exert a powerful, if indirect, influence on teaching quality and student learning. In a review...

Environment-Based Education: Improving Attitudes and Academics for Adolescents
Using the Environment as an Integrating ContextTM (EIC) for student learning, the South Carolina EIC School Network is changing the way that teachers ...

What Works in Education
Editorial Projects in Education Vol. 23, number 42, page 1,33 WashingtonAfter nearly two years in development, a new federally backed research se...

Community Service and Service Learning in U.S. Public Schools, 2004
This report presents initial findings from this study of 1,799 public school principals1 in a nationally representative sample of public elementary, m...

Profiles of Selected Promising Professional Development Initiatives
Professional development -- including both pre-service and in-service training -- is a critical component of the nation's effort to improve schools an...

Professional Development: Learning from the Best
OVERVIEWThis toolkit takes the best practices of award-winning schools and organizes them into a step-by-step planner for designing and implementing p...

Framing the Field: Professional Development in Context
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYThis paper is part of an effort undertaken by The Finance Project to bring coherence to the fragmented and still emerging field of pr...

Grounds for Improvement Secondary Action Research Programme: Final report.
IntroductionOver the last three years (2001-2004), Learning through Landscapes (LTL), the national school grounds charity, has been working in partner...

A Potential Natural Treatment for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Evidence From a National Study
Objectives. We examined the impact of relatively "green" or natural settings on attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms across divers...

Landscape as Playscape: The Effects of Natural Environments on Children's Play and Motor Development
Abstract: This study investigated the impacts of playing in a natural environment on motor development in children. Methods from landscape ecolog...

What does a School Mean to a Community? Assessing the Social and Economic Benefits of School to Rural Villages in New York
Abstract:Using data from the 1990 U.S. Census from the New York State Department of Education, I identify communty-level characteristics associated wi...

Closing the Achievement Gap
SEER is a cooperative endeavor of 16 state departments of education. SEER works to enhance student achievement, improve K-12 instructional practices a...

Developing citizenship among urban youth in conflict with the law
SUMMARY: This paper summarizes the outcome of an international conference on addressing the issue of urban youth in conflict with the law in Africa. I...

Teacher Preparation for Environmental Education: Faculty Perspectives on the Infusion of Environmental Education Into Preservice Methods Courses
THE JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATIONSPRING 2004, VOL. 35, NO. 3ABSTRACT: Based on interviews with 18 professors of education, this study provides a ...

Gaining ground: The power and potential of school ground greening in the Toronto District
Impacts of Green School Grounds in the Toronto District School Board (TDSB)This study demonstrates that the impacts of greening initiatives in the TDS...

Early-Life Outdoor Experiences and an Individual's Environmental Attitudes
Ewert, A., Place, G., & Sibthorp, J. (2005). Early-Life Outdoor Experiences and an Individual's Environmental Attitudes. Leisure Sciences, 27: 225...

Effects of Outdoor Education Programs for Children in California.
ConclusionsFifty-six percent of the treatment group reported that outdoor school represented the first time they had spent time in a natural setting. ...

Effectiveness of Project WILD Classroom Instruction at the Middle School Level in South Dakota
Project WILD, an environmental education curriculum, celebrates widespread use in the United States and several countries around the world. This study...

Manitoba School Improvement Program: Final Report
In 1991 the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation (WDGF) began a program of school improvement in Manitoba. It was conceived as a pilot project to devel...

Phase Two Evaluation of The Connecting Schools to People and Place Program 2004-2005
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYConnecting Schools to People and Place Program OverviewThe Connecting Schools to People and Place Program (CS2P) was launched in Janu...

Similar Students, Different Results: Why Do Some Schools Do Better? A large-scale survey of California elementary schools serving low-income students
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYWhy do some California elementary schools serving largely low-income students score as much as 250 points higher on the state's acade...

An Evaluation of the National Wildlife Federation Schoolyard Habitat Program in Texas
This study compared 3 pairs of Houston schools, matched by demographics. The treatment group included at total of 306 4th grade students whose teacher...

They Remember What They Touch: The Impact of Place-Based Learning in East Feliciana Parish
In 1999-2000, the East Feliciana parish began Project Connect, a district wide place-based math and science initiative, in an attempt to reform their ...

The Environmental Service-Learning Project: Are Environmental Education and Service-Learning a Natural Fit?
The ResearchThis National Service Fellowship research examined the emerging practice of environmental service-learning with youth, a field significant...

Building Active Citizens: The Role of Social Institutions in Teen Volunteering
IntroductionAt a time when many are worried that the United States is experiencing a general decline in civic and political engagement, volunteering a...

Changing Minds: The Lasting Impact of School Trips
IntroductionIn recent years the importance of learning in the 'real' environment, outside the classroom, has had widespread attention. Groups such as ...

Meager Evaluations Make it Hard to Find Out What Works
This is an article from a 2004 issue of Science magazine that looks at program evaluation and the lack of valuable evaluations and evaluation tools to...

Can Randomized Trials Answer the Question of What Works?
This is an aricle from the March 2005 issue of Science magazine exploring alternative and experimental assessments of math and science curriculum curr...

Progress and Promise: Results From the Boston Pilot Schools
Executive SummaryNew research conducted by Boston's Center for Collaborative Education documents significant achievement by students who attend the ci...

Environmental Literacy in America
Conclusion   The pursuit of environmental literacy in America is widespread and popular but it needs to be ratcheted up a few more notches to b...

Understanding cultural competency in experiential environmental education programs: A report from the cultural competency assessment project.
IntroductionThe quality of life in a city is inextricably linked to its natural and built environment. Without care, nurturing and advocacy, this envi...

Evaluation of New Hampshire Education & Environment Team Summer Institute
Summary<br><br>Survey results reporting on intensive weeklong summer institutes for teachers showed an <span style="font-weight: bold;"...

A Sustainable Evaluation Framework and Its Application
Abstract This article presents a framework for developing internally sustainable evaluation systems for environmental education organizations, alth...

Planning Early for Careers in Science
Research Summary   This article from the May 2006 issue of Science provides longitudinal quantitative evidence encouraging middle school studen...

CNN Research and Studies Volume One, February 2007, Annotated Bibliography
This C&NN resource includes an executive summary of each research report; full citation; and a PDF if available, or a link to each study in its en...

Educating for active citizenship: Service-learning, school-based service, and civic engagement.
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND KEY FINDINGSThis brief is the second in the Youth Helping America Series, a series of reports based on data from the Youth Volun...

Benefits of Place-based Education (PEEC Brochure)
This 6-page brochure summarizes evaluation data from six place-based education programs representing more than 100 schools (rural, suburban, and ...

Nature and the Life Course: Pathways from Childhood Nature Experiences to Adult Environmentalism
AbstractThis paper examines connections between childhood involvement with the natural environment and adult environmentalism from a life course persp...

Growing to Greatness: The State of Service Learning Project
Growing to Greatness: The State of Service Learning Project is the first ongoing national study of the state of service-learning in kindergarten throu...

Lessons Learned at Spring Brook Farm: An Evaluation of the Farms For City Kids Program
The Farms for City Kids ProgramFarms for City Kids is a hands-on experiential educational program for urban students that focuses on imparting life sk...

Schoolyard improvements and standardized test scores: An ecological analysis
Abstract   Boston MA's schoolyards had seriously deteriorated since the middle of the 20th century resulting in dangerous and unusable outdoor ...

More than just a field trip: Connecting students & nature
This report presents findings from an ongoing study of 3- and 5-day residential education programs at a national park institute. The sample includes o...

Whole-School Approaches to Sustainability: An International Review of Sustainable School Programs
Executive summary   There are a number of nationwide, whole-school initiatives developing around the world that reflect a range of innovative a...

The Greening of Detroit—Tree Keepers Kids: 2006-2007 Evaluation Report, Executive Summary
The primary finding from this evaluation was that the Tree Keepers Kids (TKK) program played a key role in helping all five schools under investigatio...

Benefits of nature for children's health, Fact Sheet #1
Access to nature contributes to the health and well-being of young people, and helps to form a foundation for the development of responsible environme...

An Evaluation of The Youth Opportunities Program And The A Mountain Classroom Program
Executive summary   The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) encourages people to get outside to enjoy and appreciate the natural world as the basis...

Mainstreaming Diversity: From Paradigm to Practice.
Executive Summary Massachusetts is changing demographically and it is changing rapidly. Indeed "nearly half of all new immigrants hail from Latin A...

An Evaluation of the Project Seasons Outreach Program, 2007-08
Brief Summary of Key Evaluation Findings   The evaluation found that the Project Seasons Outreach program: is a rich model with a positive s...

Getting Out Gets Results: Environmental Education Research from Boston and Beyond
Student EngagementEnvironmental education programs immerse students in their physical surroundings. A field-based urban ecology program in Boston help...

Informing the Debate: Comparing Boston's Pilot, Charter and Traditional Schools
Researchers from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and MIT have released the results of a groundbreaking study that suggests charter school stu...

Learning Science in Informal Environments (NAP, 2009)
Museums, zoos, other informal settings can boost science learning, says report.WASHINGTON -- Each year, tens of millions of Americans, young and old, ...

IslandWood Evaluation Project
This evaluation project created assessment tools and worked with 14 schools, 6 districts, 2 counties, and over 800 students to measure student ga...

An Evaluation of the Williston PLACE Program, 2007-08
This evaluation sought to understand several questions, including:In what ways has Williston community members' enthusiasm about their community chang...

An Evaluation of the Prosper PLACE Program
PLACE staff hired PEER Associates, Inc., an external evaluation firm, to conduct the evaluation. The evaluation follows three main lines of inquiry:To...

Wild Child: Guiding theYoung Back toNature
The attached article is a short essay summarizing the convergence of several recent streams of research on the importance of unstructured play time in...

Boston Schoolyard Funders Collaborative, 2007-2008 Evaluation Report
The primary finding from this evaluation was that outdoor classrooms (OCs) were valued by school communities, and that in order for schools to take fu...

Quantifying a Relationship Between Place-Based Learning and Environmental Quality
Below is the text from the Executive Summary from this report. The complete report, as well as a one page brief and a distilled PowerPoint Presentatio...

Benefits of Gardening for Children
Gardening provides different forms of engagement for children, including designing, planting, and maintaining gardens; harvesting, preparing, and shar...

Community Service and Service Learning in America's Schools
Research shows that when young people participate in service, they are more likely to continue on a pathway of lifelong civic engagement. Research als...

Using ENVIRONMENT-BASED Education to Advance Learning Skills and Character Development: A Report, Annotated Bibliography, and Research Guide
This report describes the efficacy of environment-based education in helping young people become lifelong learners and leaders. It is a ...

Sustainability in Higher Education: Organizational Factors Influencing Campus Environmental Performance and Leadership
Despite activists' calls for higher education to lead society on a sustainable path, there is little systematic guidance available for campus sustaina...

Kids Planning Our Environment: Environmental Education as a Tool for Community Stewardship
AbstractPlanners and educators have a unique opportunity to become part of a movement to incorporate children in environmental stewardship. By using e...

Reviving the connection between children and nature through service-learning restoration partnerships
Below is the abstract for the report which is available to download from the bottom of this page:Engaging students in environmental restoration throug...

First Study in Texas Linking Outdoor Science Education to STAAR Improvement
Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center and Cedar Hill ISD partner on study linking outdoor science education to STAAR test questionsDogwood Canyon and the Ceda...