Who Goes There? Linking Remote Cameras and Schoolyard Science to Empower Action

Dawn Tanner, Julie Ernst

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Taking Action Opportunities (TAO) is a curriculum that combines guided reflection, a focus on the local environment, and innovative use of wildlife technology to empower student action toward improving the environment. TAO is experientially based and uses remote cameras as a tool for schoolyard exploration. Through TAO, students engage in research design, implementation, and analysis, and increase participation in environmentally responsible behavior. TAO was tested with fifth-grade students (age 10-11 years) through a pre- and posttest design. Treatment groups (n = 93; 4 classes, 2 years) were compared with control (n = 89; 4 classes, 2 years) and baseline data (n = 458) to measure knowledge, attitudes, and behavior. Students in the treatment groups demonstrated significant (p <.01) gain in all categories. These students left fifth grade with experience, skill, and confidence in improving their environment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)106-122
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Experiential Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2013

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  • Remote-camera technology
  • curriculum assessment
  • environmentally responsible behavior
  • schoolyard science
  • wildlife habitat


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