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Evaluation Tools for Educational Programs at Zoos Victoria

By Nicole Marie Packard, Michael Robert Clark, Erin Marie McConnaghy, Brian Grant Peterson

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Zoos Victoria recently introduced a new educational program, Education for Conservation (EfC), to teach visiting students about conservation practices. Our goal was to create a set of efficient tools to assess the effectiveness of EfC from the perspectives of Zoo educators, schoolteachers, and students, because they had no previous form of standardized evaluation. We developed focus groups and self-reflection journals to gauge educator satisfaction, surveys to measure teacher expectations, student pre-visit and on-site activities to assess student engagement, and observation sheets to simultaneously evaluate the engagement of all three groups. The implementation of these tested tools provides Zoos Victoria with a means to continually evaluate and improve the EfC program.


Marcy Wilhelm-South

Purdue University

Date 2015
Pages 100
Degree Bachelor of Science
URL https://digital.wpi.edu/concern/student_works/1c18dg56t
Language English
University Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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  1. Animal roles
  2. Communities
  3. Education
  4. Environment
  5. open access
  6. sustainability
  7. Zoo and captive wild animals
  8. Zoos
  1. open access