Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Biology and Microbiology

First Advisor

Nels H. Troelstrup, Jr.


Project WILD, an environmental education curriculum, celebrates widespread use in the United States and several countries around the world This study measures the effectiveness of Project WILD versus non-WILD methods of instruction in addressing environmental education objectives with South Dakota middle school students. South Dakota middle school teachers were randomly assigned to blind, non-WILD, or WILD treatment groups. Workshop-trained non-WILD and WILD treatment groups taught an ecosystem unit using either a non-WILD or WILD instructional approach. Pre-testing, post-testing, and retention student testing used an identical prompt requiring student written response. A scoring rubric was used to rate the responses of students. Results showed overall low scores and no significant differences. Student written responses reflected difficulty with written communication and reading skills. In future studies, use of such an alternative assessment approach might stand alongside a standardized approach, providing additional verification of findings.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Project WILD.
Environmental education -- Activity programs -- South Dakota.
Wildlife resources -- Study and teaching (Middle school) -- South Dakota.


South Dakota State University



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In Copyright