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Conservation education in free-choice learning environments : the effects of animals and interpretation

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dc.contributor.advisor Rowe, Shawn M
dc.creator Hodak, Eleanor
dc.date.accessioned 2008-07-16T16:04:17Z
dc.date.available 2008-07-16T16:04:17Z
dc.date.copyright 2008-05-23
dc.date.issued 2008-07-16T16:04:17Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1957/8980
dc.description Graduation date: 2009 en_US
dc.description.abstract With 150 million people visiting accredited zoos and aquariums annually, these institutions have the unique opportunity to present conservation-oriented messages to a large and receptive audience. The purpose of this study was to explore the role of interpretation and/or the viewing of live animals in the communication of these messages. Research took place at the Oregon Coast Aquarium and the Hatfield Marine Science Center, both located in Newport, Oregon. After viewing these institutions’ respective sea otter exhibits and interpretive programs, participants completed a questionnaire about their conservation attitudes and beliefs, as well as their knowledge of otter natural history. A follow-up survey was also conducted to determine if any long-term changes could be documented as a result of their visit. This study found that visitors who heard the interpretive talk are more familiar with sea otter natural history and could list more specific actions to help these animals than the study's other participants. This group also reported behavior changes as a result of their visit that were not necessarily preceded by a change in attitude. Also included in this thesis are recommendations for researchers and the Oregon Coast Aquarium, as well as implications for the field. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.relation Explorer Site -- Oregon Explorer en_US
dc.subject Free-Choice Learning en_US
dc.subject Aquariums en_US
dc.subject Interpretation en_US
dc.subject Affect en_US
dc.subject Otters en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Sea otter -- Conservation -- Study and teaching -- Oregon -- Newport en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Sea otter -- Conservation -- Oregon -- Public opinion en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Marine aquariums, Public -- Oregon -- Newport en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Museum visitors -- Oregon -- Newport -- Attitudes en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Science museums -- Educational aspects -- Oregon -- Newport en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Oregon Coast Aquarium en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Hatfield Marine Science Center en_US
dc.title Conservation education in free-choice learning environments : the effects of animals and interpretation en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.degree.name Master of Science (M.S.) in Marine Resource Management en_US
dc.degree.level Master's en_US
dc.degree.discipline Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences en_US
dc.degree.grantor Oregon State University en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Carlin-Morgan, Kerry
dc.contributor.committeemember Stemper, Dave

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