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    Author(s): Tamara M. Parkinson; Jo Ellen Force; Jane Kapler Smith
    Date: 2003
    Source: Journal of Forestry. 101(7): 21-26.
    Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
    Station: Pacific Northwest Research Station
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    This study evaluated workshops for the adult public featuring experiential learning about wildland fire. Participants used hands-on activities to investigate fire behavior and ecology and to assess hazards in the wildland-urban interface. Effectiveness was examined using a pretest, a posttest following the program, and another posttest 30 days later. Participants’ knowledge increased following the program, and their attitudes and beliefs became more supportive of fire management. These changes were still evidence a month later. Hands-on activities can help adults become better informed about wildland fire and most positive about fire management.

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    Parkinson, Tamara M.; Force, Jo Ellen; Smith, Jane Kapler. 2003. Hands-on learning: Its effectiveness in teaching the public about wildland fire. Journal of Forestry. 101(7): 21-26.


    communication, experiential learning, education, public perceptions, fire management

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