Aquatic Resources Education Association


Title of Presentation: Case Studies from an Evaluation of Aquatic Resource Education Programs in the Southeastern United States

Authors: Charles Teddlie, Professor College of Education Louisiana State University 111 Peabody Hall Baton Rouge, LA 70803-4721 225-388-6840

Victoria Davis Education Specialist U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service Division of Federal Aid 1875 Century Blvd. Atlanta, GA 30345 404-679-4176

Lyle Soniat Wildlife Education Administrator Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries P. O. Box 98000 Baton Rouge, LA 70808-9000 225-765-2915

Presenters: Charles Teddlie, Professor, College of Education, Louisiana State University

A/V Needs: overhead projector

Abstract: This paper presents a summary and cross-state comparison of case studies from 10 Aquatic Resource Education Programs (AREPs) in the Southeastern United States: Alabama, Florida-Freshwater program, Florida-Saltwater program, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. This study follows up on results from an earlier study that described and compared the components of the programs in these states (Teddlie, Davis, and Soniat, 1998, 2000). The data sources for the case studies include the results from a 26-page survey and from site visits that involved extensive observation and interviews. Each case study includes descriptions of the best practices related to participation, awareness, and appreciation and suggestions for improvement. The cross-state comparisons will also include information concerning the Arelative effort@ of each state program in terms of the allocation and actual expenditure of available aquatic resource education funds. Information on different organizational and staffing patterns will also be presented. Overall recommendations for program improvement across the region will be presented.

Teddlie, C., Davis, V., and Soniat, L. (1998, October). An evaluation of Aquatic Education Resource Programs in the Southeastern USA. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Association of Fisheries and Wildlife Agencies, Orlando, FL.

Teddlie, C., Davis, V., and Soniat, L. (2000). An evaluation of Aquatic Resource Programs in the Southeastern United States, Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands. 1998 Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, pp. 442-452.