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Wisdom in Education

Keywords

critical theory, environmental education, science education, STEM education

Abstract

This research addresses the topic of nature centers from a critical theory perspective. This research assumed in part, the question: what are the characteristics of a functional and successful nature center that includes environmental education goals and programs? Nature center administrators from across the United States were surveyed and asked to share their opinions on this topic. Six overall characteristics pertaining to management and vision were identified through an exploratory mixed‑method design. Other components of these characteristics were discovered during the analysis of the data, and include factors such as approaches to education. Recommendations for improving nature centers and their programs are also discussed.

Author Statement

Dr Darleen Stoner and Dr Randall Wright are professors in the College of Education at California State University San Bernardino. Susanna Hamilton is a graduate student in the College of Education at California State University San Bernardino.