Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences

Date of Last Revision

2023-05-05 06:32:53


Adolescent to Young Adult

Honors Course


Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Education

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2022


A growing amount of research exists on environmental education programs which incorporates the viewpoints of students into its assessment of the program’s efficacy. This research seeks to add to that body and evaluate an environmental education program about the sustainability of plastics, using both quantitative and qualitative data collected from participating students. The data was collected after a 90-minute instructional block of demonstration-based environmental education meant to inform students on the variability of plastics’ properties and the sorting and remolding processes of recycling. It also aimed to help build pro-environmental attitudes and behaviors in the students, and a sense of civic responsibility for safe and effective management of plastic waste. The final data analysis utilized both the qualitative and quantitative data to build a picture of students’ learning and thinking in the activity. While few significant results were found due to a variety of factors, several suggestions were included to improve both the educational program and its evaluation.

Research Sponsor

Dr. Nidaa Makki

First Reader

Karen Plaster

Second Reader

Dr. James Eagan

Honors Faculty Advisor

Dr. Nidaa Makki

Final Signature Page - CRyan copy.pdf (345 kB)
Final Signature Page PDF



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