Abstract # 156:

Scheduled for Sunday, September 14, 2014 07:00 PM-09:00 PM: Session 22 (Decatur B) Poster Presentation


THE IMPACT OF ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION ON CHILDREN'S LEARNING: THE MEXICAN EXPERIENCE

F. Vidal-Garcia1, K. A. Esper-Reyes2 and J. C. Serio-Silva1
1Instituto de Ecología AC., Carretera Antigua a Coatepec No. 351, El Haya, Xalapa, Veracruz 91070, USA, 2Facultad de Ciencias Biológicas, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos, México
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     Environmental education is a tool for studying and understanding relationships and interactions between primates and nonhuman primates. It is also a process by which individuals and local community become aware of their environment; it is a teaching mechanism that helps people to acquire ethical values, skills and willingness to act on the resolution of current and future environmental problems. The aim of this project was to evaluate the impact of environmental education workshops in children by using pre- and post-learning tests. This project was directed in Tabasco, México. It is an important region, because the three species of Mexican primates (Alouatta pigra, A. palliata and Ateles geoffroyi) are distributed there. We designed a test of knowledge and a workshop with information about Mexican primates. The workshops included information about behavior, habitat, threats and distribution of primates. We applied the workshop in six groups of children between 10 and 12 years old. The test of knowledge was applied after and before of the workshop. Each test was scored, and scores were compared by using a t-student test. The test included some questions about perceptions too. The scores after the workshop were significantly higher than previous scores [t= -9.09; p=0.001; df=5]. Children improved their knowledge and change their minds about Mexican primates after workshops