Measuring Environmental Education Outcomes

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Environmental education (EE) aims to achieve various goals. They include, for example, environmental knowledge, pro-environmental behaviors, science learning, positive youth development, community development, and better environmental quality. How can we measure whether we achieve our EE goals? Why should we measure them? Designed for professional development of educators, this course considers multiple outcomes of EE, and explores some quantitative and qualitative tools measuring EE outcomes. Participants will map their own “practical theory of change” to clarify which goals they want to achieve through their EE programs. Participant will learn about basic concepts of measurement and explore approaches to measuring outcomes that can occur for individual learners, communities, and ecosystems. The course’s collaborative design will also offer opportunity to strengthen your network of EE educators across various settings. By the end of this course participants will: (1) Describe their “practical theory of change” linking EE activities and outcomes/goals; (2) Know where to find information about measuring concepts such as construct, scale, validity, and reliability; (3) Overview existing quantitative and qualitative measures of different EE outcomes; and (4) Design a measurement tool to evaluate specific outcomes of their own specific EE program.

Course Objectives

  1. Review measurement/evaluation tools (surveys, interviews, focus groups, analysis of student journals, etc.);
  2. Design a measurement/evaluation tool that you can use in your own environmental education program.
Dates: 2014-09-22 00:00:00 to 2014-10-19 00:00:00 Estimated Workload:

6 hours per week

Course Fee:


Learning Platform:

Online professional development course for educators from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico



Course Facilitator:

Alex Kudryavtsev, PhD (, EECapacity, Cornell University

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