Natalie Therese Eilerman, Samantha Bourelle Niewoehner, Mitchell Lee Shafer


This poster reflects research conducted as part of a course project designed to give students experience in the research process.



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We are all concerned with improving aspects of students’ education. For one person, they are researching the negative effects of sex education discrepancies on students. For another person, they are researching the benefits of a STEAM education. Finally, another member is researching outdoor education in urban schools and its impact. Together, this combined research is aimed towards the education of the whole person. Both outdoor education and sex education are, in a way, a science. Regarding sex education, adolescents are informed about the importance of consent, physical safety, and emotional safety. Each of these aspects of sex education is founded in scientific research of the effects of adolescent sexual activity on the human body and mind. For outdoor education, a hands on education in science can increase intrinsic motivation both inside of the classroom and out. For STEAM education, students are taught a new approach to learning as a way to solve problems in their community. Ultimately, our combined research informs how to educate the whole person.

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Course Project

Primary Advisor

Jennifer T. Christman, Susan M. Ferguson

Primary Advisor's Department

Teacher Education


Stander Symposium project

Educating the Whole Person