Date of Award:


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Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)


School of Teacher Education and Leadership

Department name when degree awarded

Elementary Education

Committee Chair(s)

Donald R. Daugs


Donald R. Daugs


The purpose of this study was to construct and validate an assessment instrument which could effectively measure the impact of implementing an environmental education component to the Level III program of the elementary teacher training program at Utah State University. It was the hope of this researcher that the test would also be administered to Level III students upon completion in subsequent quarters to indicate individual competence in environmental education.

Care was taken in the construction of the instrument to assure content validity of concepts considered important by local, university, and state environmental education reviewers. A preliminary form of the instrument constructed in the study was administered to a pilot group. An item analysis was performed to determine the level of difficulty as well as the ability of the distractors to distract. The final form of the test consisted of 36 multiple-choice items. The final form was administered twice to a second group of Level III students. Data from these two administrations were used to establish the internal reliability of the instrument by using the Marshall-Haertel reliability formula. The reliability of stability between administrations was established by using the test-retest formula.



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