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dc.contributor.advisorChamp, Joseph
dc.contributor.advisorLong, Marilee
dc.contributor.authorCrockett, Michele
dc.contributor.committeememberBright, Alan
dc.date.accessioned2007-01-03T04:56:55Z
dc.date.available2007-01-03T04:56:55Z
dc.date.issued2013
dc.description2013 Spring.
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.
dc.description.abstractThis study used a qualitative, "walking interview" method to explore how families' outdoor experiences and parent-child interactions affected their attitudes about environmental science. Members of six families--at least one parent and one child--were interviewed during a walk in a city-maintained natural area in Fort Collins, Colorado. The discussion examined the themes of family time spent outdoors, engagement in science topics at school, family discussions about environmental science, and family media use. The conversational data was analyzed using idiographic and nomothetic approaches, from which emerged the theme of family outdoor identity-the extent to which families perceive themselves as outdoor-oriented. Parents in the study exhibited varying degrees of guiding behavior in discussions about environmental science, regardless of whether one of the parents had a science background. Although this study indicated that young children in particular consume very little print media, older children use electronic media, particularly web-based search tools, to find information about environmental topics. In addition, social media emerged as a useful media tool for parents seeking information about environmental topics.
dc.format.mediumborn digital
dc.format.mediummasters theses
dc.identifierCrockett_colostate_0053N_11676.pdf
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10217/79031
dc.languageEnglish
dc.publisherColorado State University. Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof2000-2019 - CSU Theses and Dissertations
dc.rightsCopyright of the original work is retained by the author.
dc.subjectenvironmental science
dc.subjectenvironmental literacy
dc.subjectfamily communication patterns
dc.subjectmedia use
dc.subjectoutdoor experience
dc.subjectwalking interviews
dc.titleForging family outdoor identity: natural conversations about the effect of outdoor experiences on attitudes toward environmental science
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thesis.degree.disciplineJournalism and Technical Communication
thesis.degree.grantorColorado State University
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Science (M.S.)


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