Learning about Animals, Science and Conservation: Large-scale survey-based evaluation of the educational impact of the ZSL London Zoo Formal Learning programme

http://warwick.academia.edu/EricJensen/Papers/402822/Learning_about_Animals_Science_and_Conservation_Large-scale_survey-based_evaluation_of_the_educational_impact_of_the_ZSL_London_Zoo_Formal_Learning_programme

Project aims:

The study described in this report represents the largest (n = 3018) and most methodologically robust investigation of the educational value of zoos for children and adolescents ever conducted worldwide. This research evaluates (1) the impact of ZSL London Zoo Formal Learning educational presentations and unguided zoo visits, (2) pupils� development of new knowledge and (3) pupils� perceptions of zoos, science and wildlife conservation. Using methods developed during a pilot study conducted in spring 2009 with primary school (Wagoner & Jensen 2010) and post-16 pupils (Jensen & Wagoner, under review) attending London Zoo Formal Learning presentations, both the quality and quantity of learning are directly assessed. The present study is aimed at both informing practice at the ZSL London Zoo Discovery & Learning Department and at developing robust evidence of the degree to which zoo-based science and conservation education can have a positive impact for children and adolescents.

Objectives:

Evaluate learning and attitude outcomes

Summary of activity:

The study described in this report represents the largest (n = 3018) and most methodologically robust investigation of the educational value of zoos for children and adolescents ever conducted worldwide. This research evaluates (1) the impact of ZSL London Zoo Formal Learning educational presentations and unguided zoo visits, (2) pupils� development of new knowledge and (3) pupils� perceptions of zoos, science and wildlife conservation. Using methods developed during a pilot study conducted in spring 2009 with primary school (Wagoner & Jensen 2010) and post-16 pupils (Jensen & Wagoner, under review) attending London Zoo Formal Learning presentations, both the quality and quantity of learning are directly assessed. The present study is aimed at both informing practice at the ZSL London Zoo Discovery & Learning Department and at developing robust evidence of the degree to which zoo-based science and conservation education can have a positive impact for children and adolescents.

Evaluation approach:

Robust large-scale mixed methods questionnaire-based study

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2010

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2010

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About the contributor

Eric Jensen
University of Warwick

Dr Eric Jensen is Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Warwick. He is a leading expert in impact analysis and evaluation, with numerous peer-reviewed publications on public engagement publi…

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