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Teacher’s Attitudes and Choices Concerning Interpretive School Programs at San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. Catherine C. McCarthy, Candidate Master of Science in Resource Interpretation Stephen F. Austin State University Dr. Michael H.Legg Dr. Ray Darville.

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Teacher’s Attitudes and Choices Concerning Interpretive School Programs at San Antonio Missions National Historical Park

Catherine C. McCarthy, Candidate

Master of Science in Resource Interpretation

Stephen F. Austin State University

Dr. Michael H.Legg

Dr. Ray Darville


Description of the study area
Description of the Study Area School Programs at San Antonio Missions National Historical Park

  • 4 Spanish Colonial Missions established on the banks of the San Antonio River in the 1700s

  • Managed by the National Park Service

  • Goal to preserve and protect for future generations



Objectives
Objectives heart of downtown San Antonio

  • To evaluate existing interpretive education programs

  • To determine teachers’ preferences for field trip learning experiences

  • To discover if existing park programs meet teacher needs and state mandated requirements

  • To determine the barriers to field trip participation


Students a unique audience
Students: A Unique Audience heart of downtown San Antonio

  • Children demand a different approach to interpretation

  • Interpretive Development Program of NPS offers guidelines for program development

  • Student groups require curriculum-based interpretive programs


Field trip benefits
Field Trip Benefits heart of downtown San Antonio

  • Studies indicate positive field trip experiences are linked to adult environmental behavior

  • Field trips have influenced career choices

  • Field trip experiences reinforce classroom material and increase retention of the material


Mission education programs
Mission Education Programs heart of downtown San Antonio

Decline in student visitation beginning in 2003-2004


Methods
Methods heart of downtown San Antonio

  • Survey mailed to 343 middle school teachers, 11/8/04

  • Follow-up email the next day

  • Email version of survey sent 2 weeks after initial mailing

  • Second regular mailing sent 11/7/04

  • 163 useable returns

  • 48% of original sample


Survey instrument
Survey Instrument heart of downtown San Antonio

  • Teacher demographics

  • Past field trip experience

  • Barriers to participation

  • Activity choices

  • Program preferences


Teachers who visited missions
Teachers Who Visited Missions heart of downtown San Antonio

Profile & Interests

  • White

  • 17 years experience

  • District allows 2 trips

  • Remain all day

  • Attend teacher workshop

  • Ranger-led program

  • No bilingual program


Teacher demographics
Teacher Demographics heart of downtown San Antonio

  • 51% Male, 49% Female

  • 73% White, 20% Hispanic, 7% other

  • 34%, 15 or more years experience

  • 29%, 5 years or less experience

  • 98% of sample middle school teachers

N=163


Schools in the sample
Schools in the Sample heart of downtown San Antonio

  • N=163


Best one day field trip
Best One-Day Field Trip heart of downtown San Antonio

  • N=119

  • Visited SAMNHP=71


Best part of field trip
Best Part of Field Trip heart of downtown San Antonio

N=151


Public school teachers barriers to field trip participation
Public School Teachers’ heart of downtown San AntonioBarriers to Field Trip Participation

  • No funding for transportation

  • Mandated lessons don’t allow time away from classroom

  • Field trips need to be interdisciplinary


Private school teachers barriers to field trip participation
Private School Teachers’ heart of downtown San AntonioBarriers to Field Trip Participation

  • Didn’t know about the programs

  • Insufficient time for a ranger program

  • Students have been to the missions before


District spending per student state average per student 7 708
District Spending Per Student heart of downtown San AntonioState Average Per Student $7,708

  • <$7,708—34% have visited SAMNHP

  • >$7,708—59% have visited SAMNHP

  • Median field trips allowed, have visited SAMNHP—2

  • Median field trips allowed, have not visited SAMNHP-1

N=95 N=34


District spending per student
District Spending Per Student heart of downtown San Antonio

  • 3 of 20 SA school districts spend >$7,708

  • 10 of 14 OT school districts spend >$7708

  • Mean spending SA-$7,482

  • Mean spending OT-$8209


Knowledge of programs fees and visitation
Knowledge of Programs/Fees heart of downtown San Antonioand Visitation

N=71


Knowledge of programs and ethnicity
Knowledge of Programs heart of downtown San Antonioand Ethnicity

  • 71% White teachers—yes

N=163

  • 48% Non-White teachers—yes


Experience and visitation
Experience and Visitation heart of downtown San Antonio

  • 57% > 5 years experience have visited SAMNHP

  • 14% < 5 years experience have visited SAMNHP

  • Mode—20 years

  • Mean—17 years

  • N=71


Best part of program
Best Part of Program heart of downtown San Antonio

N=58


Program preference
Program Preference heart of downtown San Antonio

  • 79% prefer ranger-led program

  • 30% of teachers who visited SAMNHP participated in a ranger-led program

  • Median number of trips—2

N=263 N=159


Most desirable learning activity
Most Desirable Learning Activity heart of downtown San Antonio

  • Site visit with ranger-led program

  • Ranger visit in the classroom

  • Traveling trunk for the classroom

  • Interactive CD for the classroom


Preferred education programs
Preferred Education Programs heart of downtown San Antonio

  • A kid’s life during mission times

  • Living off the land and other survival skills

  • Cowboy ranching life

  • Spanish and Indian cultural symbols


Preferred on site activities
Preferred On-Site Activities heart of downtown San Antonio

  • Blacksmith Demonstration

  • History scavenger hunt

  • brick making

  • corn grinding and tortilla making


Summary
Summary heart of downtown San Antonio

  • Current programs are successful

  • Site visit is preferred method of teaching mission history

  • Funding is major barrier to site visit

  • Teachers don’t know about the programs


Recommendations
Recommendations heart of downtown San Antonio

  • Facilitate bringing students to the Missions

  • Maintain a current teacher database

  • Become more pro-active in information dissemination

  • Explore alternative modes of presentation


Recommendations1
Recommendations heart of downtown San Antonio

  • Evaluate less popular programs/replace with new programs

  • Provide a full-time blacksmith

  • Provide hands-on, interactive programs

  • Mirror museum exhibits and demonstrations


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