Date of Award
Action Research Project
Master of Arts in Education
Montessori Early Childhood
The purpose of this action research study was to discover if exposure to nature-based education would increase student’s eco-centric views of the environment. The intervention took place over a four week period at a private Montessori school in France. 11 students and their parents participated in the study. Students ranged in age from 2 to 3 years. Qualitative and quantitative data were both collected via a parent questionnaire, pre and post student surveys, daily observations, and a teacher reflection journal. Analysis of the data revealed that the more days a child participated in the nature-based lessons and activities, the more eco-centric development they achieved. Further research could be done during different seasons throughout the year as outdoor time was limited during the winter months. A similar study conducted over a longer period of time may also yield interesting results.
Bidell, Nicolette A.. (2017). The Affects of Nature Based Learning on Children’s Eco-centric Attitudes. Retrieved from Sophia, the St. Catherine University repository website: http://sophia.stkate.edu/maed/213