Applied Survey Research 2017
Student Environmental Awareness
The O'Neill Sea Odyssey Student Survey showed that there were substantial changes in students’ environmental knowledge and behavior after participating in the program. Before participating in the OSO program, an average of 73% of students agreed with the survey questions (indicating that they knew a lot about the ocean and storm drains and behaved in environmentally responsible ways), which increased to 95% after attending the program.
The Student Survey results were also analyzed to see whether economic background had any effect on students’ survey responses. Student groups were divided into three income levels (lower, middle, and higher) and all three income groups’ survey responses were analyzed.
In a change from last year, all income groups saw similar improvement in their agreement with the overall survey results. Before the program began, a similar percentage of students from lower, middle, and high income groups agreed with the survey questions overall (all three groups were between 69% and 72%). After participating in the program, students from all income groups demonstrated similar levels of improvement, agreeing 94% of the time.
In summary, Student Survey results suggest that the OSO program succeeded in bringing all students to a higher level of environmentally-conscious behavior and knowledge despite some factors (such as economic background) that may have limited how much environmental awareness a student had before attending the program.