Date of Award

5-2014

Degree Type

Honors College Thesis

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Kristy L. Daniel, Ph.D.

Advisor Department

Biological Sciences

Abstract

Informal science education is a field of study that is becoming increasingly popular and important in the world of science, especially regarding elementary students. It is important to understand how students with learning disabilities and individual education plans react to informal learning experiences. This case study seeks to reveal the experiences of two students with an individual educational plan due to Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) when participating in an informal nature hike associated with the Over, Under, and Through: Students Informally Discover the Environment (OUTSIDE) program. The two students demonstrated increased attention and interest in science during and after their participation in the nature hike. While this is a small scale study, findings suggest that more informal experiential learning opportunities should be integrated into science classes as they help improve student attention, content recall, and attitude toward science.

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