Learning Ecology at the Eco- Park


Mary Josephine C. Bautista


This study aimed to determine the learning outcomes that the students
in Ecology achieved at the Eco-Park at West Visayas State University
Lambunao Campus, Lambunao, Iloilo. The participants of the study were
the BEED IV-B students taking Bio 217 (Ecology) during the first semester
of the school year 2009 – 2010. The students divided themselves into four
groups. Each group conducted ecology-related activities such as construction
of herbal garden and nursery for fruit bearing trees, waste management, and
biodiversity assessment. Performances of students were self – rated and
validated by their group leaders and the subject teacher. Teacher’s basis for
the grades/score included pre and post-tests, interviews, transcripts of focus
– group discussions, field notes, journals of reflections, photo elicitations of
workplace and activities of students, checklist, and informal visits. Learning
was in the real world where students appreciated the relevance of the scientific
method to the environment. The said environment was different from the
controlled, school science laboratory room. Students became fascinated with
nature, and they had the opportunity to explore the plants and animals in
their environments. Outdoor education at an Eco- Park enhanced the students’
learning of ecology.