Research and Evaluation

Research and Evaluation

Research and Evaluation

Looking for the latest in EE research? Want to discuss the implications of a specific study or gather advice and resources to guide your program evaluation? Turn to this group to find targeted information you need to be a better environmental educator, discuss avenues for using research to legitimize and substantiate the field, and share advice, best practices, and new ideas for developing a meaningful and practical evaluation plan. 

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Nicole Ardoin

Nicole Ardoin is an associate professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Education and a senior fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University. She is also Stanford's lead researcher on the eeWORKS initiative in partnership with NAAEE. Professor Ardoin´s research focuses on environmental behavior as influenced by environmental learning and motivated by place-based connections. In particular, she is interested in considerations of geographic scale, which is an understudied yet crucial aspect of people-place relationships in a rapidly globalizing, urbanizing world. Professor Ardoin has current studies on the use of education, communications, and other social strategies in informal and community-based settings, including nature-based tourism programs, to engage individuals and communities in deliberate dialogue, environmental decision-making, and informed conservation behavior.

Professor Ardoin also researches the effectiveness of a range of environmental education and social science endeavors in achieving measurable and meaningful conservation results. To this end, she conducts evaluations with informal organizations, including museums, zoos/aquariums, parks, and residential environmental education programs, with an emphasis on using innovative, non-traditional metrics and adaptive management approaches. She is also interested in philanthropic support of environmental education and emergent trends in the field of environmental education research.

Sam Lindgren She/Her/Hers

Samantha Lindgren is an assistant professor in the department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership in the College of Education at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Alan Reid

Alan Reid is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education, Monash University. He edits Environmental Education Research, and is a member of the Education, Environment and Sustainability Faculty Research Group. Until 2012, he worked at the Centre for Research in Education and the Environment, University of Bath, and is active in a range of environmental education research activities and networks, primarily in Europe, North America and Australasia.

Alan’s research interests focus on teachers’ thinking and practice in environmental education, and traditions, capacities and issues in environmental education theory, research and practice. His research students are strongly encouraged to consider what is necessary and sufficient as environmental education research, including who claims the power to construct and fix a debate about environmental education within particular boundaries of discussion or inquiry.

Alan is also the Associate Dean (Education) for the Faculty, the portfolio for which addresses course governance, leadership, development and evaluation, teaching and learning quality and innovation, and resources, opportunities and support for high quality education.

Alan's teaching commitments and interests principally focus on environmental and sustainability education, and research approaches and professional inquiry in education. He is also an associate editor of Journal of Curriculum Studies.

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