The Office of Education has supported a small number of assessments, literature reviews, and other studies to inform the development and implementation of education programs run by NOAA and its external education partners. Though few in number, these studies contribute to the strategic outcome in the NOAA Education Plan, which states that "NOAA education programs are developed and refined using the best available research on the effectiveness of environmental and science education."
A compilation of research abstracts in marine and aquatic education (M/AE) from 1990-2010. This report, compiled by Dr. Rosanne Fortner (COSEE Great Lakes, Ohio Sea Grant), includes 51 thesis abstracts and nearly 150 article abstracts from over 40 journals. Articles range in content from studies of visitor responses to whalewatch programs, to baseline surveys of audiences' marine knowledge and attitudes, to evaluation of specific methods for tracking media impacts. The work was supported by NOAA's Office of Education through the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation.America, the Ocean and Climate Change: New Research Insights for Conservation, Awareness and Action
A large-scale public opinion survey sponsored by The Ocean Project in collaboration with the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the National Aquarium in Baltimore produced a massive amount of data gathered from more than 22,000 respondents in the United States. The survey, funded in large part through a grant from National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Education, was conducted in 2008 and 2009 and expanded considerably on The Ocean Project’s landmark research from 1999. The report, America and the Ocean, Environment and Climate Change: New Research Insights for Conservation, Awareness and Action, distills the survey findings and implications into a succinct, actionable compilation to help aquariums, zoos, museums, and others more effectively advance ocean conservation. Please note: This link will take you to the original report and executive summary published in 2009 as well as more recent updates on surveys that continue to be conducted to track changes in public opinion since the 2009 findings were publicly released.Educator House Call: On-Line Data for Educators' Needs Assessment Summary Report(.pdf)
Sturtevant and Marshall, NOAA Michigan Sea Grant, NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory.National Environmental Literacy Assessment – Phase 1 Report (.pdf)
The National Environmental Literacy Assessment is a national baseline study of middle school student understanding of the environment. Completed over the last 18 months, this study creates an understanding of how much middle school students in the United States currently understand about the environment. It was conducted by North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) with support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Environmental Education and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Education.National Environmental Literacy Assessment Final Report – Phase 2 Report (.pdf)
Phase 2 of the National Environmental Literacy Assessment comprised a purposeful sample of middle school students who had experienced some kind of exemplary environmental education programming during their school year. Their levels of environmental literacy were measured and compared to the national baseline of middle school student understanding of the environment established during Phase 1 of this study (see above). This research was conducted by North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) with support from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Education.Revolutionizing Earth System Science Education for the 21st Century: Report and Recommendations from a 50-State Analysis of Earth Science Education.
This 2007 study analyzed K-12 Earth science standards and frameworks of all fifty states, plus the District of Columbia, to determine how well each state's standards address six Earth science content and pedagogical criteria. In addition to the final report summarizing these analyses, the raw data of the state-by-state education standards are available in either an Excel of Filemaker 7 format.