Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University

Advisor

Renee M. Clary

Committee Member

Athena Nagel

Committee Member

Renee M. Clary

Committee Member

Athena Nagel

Committee Member

Shrinidhi Ambinakudige

Date of Degree

8-6-2021

Original embargo terms

Visible to MSU only for 2 years

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Campus Access Only

Major

Environmental Geoscience

Degree Name

Master of Science

College

College of Arts and Sciences

Department

Department of Geosciences

Abstract

Environmental education (EE) and outdoor instruction are essential to understanding and addressing different environmental issues in school communities. This study investigated Mississippi teachers' perceptions on environmental education and outdoor instruction during 2020-2021. A state-wide survey and follow-up interview were conducted to examine their thoughts about environmental education and outdoor instruction and COVID-19 limitations in their classrooms and how that may affect their perceptions. Analysis was conducted using SPSS contingency and frequency tables, Chi-square Test of Independence, and content analysis of qualitative data. The results showed that Mississippi teacher participants believe that environmental education in Mississippi K-12 schools is very important and that outdoor instruction is a good way to learn environmental education. Many participants are interested in teaching classes outdoors but stated that they do not take their classes outside often. Results also documented that participants are concerned about the different limitations they face when teaching classes outdoors.

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