Title page for ETD etd-04042004-012104


Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Bailey, Courtney
URN etd-04042004-012104
Title Arrive, Explore, Reflect: The Development and Evaluation of a Web-Based Program to Introduce High School Students to Landscape Architecture
Degree Master of Landscape Architecture (M.L.A.)
Department Landscape Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Van L. Cox Committee Chair
Christopher Marlow Committee Member
Dana N. Brown Committee Member
Keywords
  • landscape architecture
  • web-based learning
  • landscape architecture education
  • education
  • high school students
Date of Defense 2004-03-23
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
The profession of landscape architecture has struggled with public perception since the mid-nineteenth century. Community programs, coloring books, and educational toolkits are just some of the methods employed in the profession's attempt to improve public perception. Very little research has been conducted to test the efficiency of these educational attempts. The goal of this thesis is to create a Web-based program to effectively educate young members of the public.

The program uses five "mini lessons" to present information about landscape architecture to the student. Links to the World Wide Web are scattered throughout the program to supplement lesson material. A "chat" is available for those students interested in communicating with a professional landscape architect. To assess the effectiveness of the program, information is collected from answers submitted by student users from within the program. From a total of sixteen questions, twelve are modeled after Bloom's Taxonomy to provide an analysis of student comprehension. The remaining four questions allow the student to express opinions and suggestions for program improvement.

Although little literature exists that explores the evaluation of a Web-based educational landscape architecture program, surveyed literature does suggest its potential success. This study suggests that students can effectively learn about landscape architecture through use of such a program. This Web-based program can be used as an initial step in the development of more sophisticated Internet-based methods of educating high school students or the general public about the profession of landscape architecture.

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