Thesis Title

California Freshwater Shrimp Project: An Eco-Action Project with Real Life Learning

Graduation Date

Spring 1994

Document Type

Master's Thesis

Document Form


Degree Name

Master of Science

Program Name



The California Freshwater Shrimp Project is an example of a student-initiated, eco-action project. This project s success indicates that children are not just our future leaders, but can be effective leaders today. Shrimp Project students were linked to their community and environment through their work in rehabilitating habitat and educating the public. This paper gives an overview of this project and details Real Life Learning, which involves students taking responsibility for their own education by directing it. Possible outcomes of Real Life Learning, eco-action projects are explored. The necessary teacher/student role shifts are also analyzed and discussed.

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