4-H boosts youth scientific literacy with ANR water education curriculum

Martin Smith, Katherine E. Heck, Steven M. Worker

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Scientific literacy among K-12 youth in the United States needs to be improved, and UC Agriculture and Natural Resources has identified this as a key area for research and extension. In 2010, ANR developed a water education curriculum for implementation by 4-H, which has a record of successful, nonformal science education programming that complements classroom-based instruction. The development of the new curriculum, There's No New Water!, is described, and preliminary results from a pilot test with high school youth are provided. Preliminary outcomes showed gains in both science knowledge and life skills.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)158-163
Number of pages6
JournalCalifornia Agriculture
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Forestry
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Plant Science


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