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2 posts from December 2014


Fall 2014

Erica Modeste, University of Richmond, F14: A study of the environmental knowledge retained by the third and fourth grade students of the community school Arturo Jimenes in Gurabo, Santiago, Dominican Republic.

Contaminated water has become one of the major environmental problems in the Dominican Republic. Solid waste in the streets and in the rivers have accounted for 25% of the contamination of its water sources. Therefore, there is a need to implement environmental education across the country in order to teach children how to care for their environment. For Oné Respé, more specifically, their biggest preoccupation is the violence within the classrooms. Environmental education has the ability to indirectly teach the students to act kindly towards each other. Before Oné Respé could successful implement an environmental education program into the school, it is important to understand what the students already know about the environment. This investigation sought to unearth the perceptions, opinions, and information the students have retained about the environmental condition of both the country and their community and the role the environment has in their lives. The results found that the students know so much about the need and the role of the environment in their lives, but they have never truly been given the chance to put into action, to exercise the knowledge that they have gained.

Victoria Ware, Stonehill College, F14: The study of the difficulties in reading/writing of the children in first and second grade in Niños con una Esperanza (NCUE), Cienfuegos, Santiago, Dominican Republic. 

This study sougt to identify the issues that the children were having in reading/writing, as well as try to identify some potential causes of the difficulties for these kids. The study utilized two questionnaires, school records, and class observations to find out about their literacy levels.  It was discovered that a large portion of children were not able to read and that their level of literacy and comprehension of the alphabet was quite low.

Hannah Currens, Macalaster College, F14: A diagnostic of the social inclusion of the children with disabilities and their families in the Rehabilitation Program of Fundación Cuidado Infantil Dominicano.

This study was based in the topic of social inclusion for people with disabilities. The population was based in the Rehabilitation Based in the Community program of la Fundación Cuidado Infantil Dominicano. The results revealed obstacles to social inclusion in Santiago in both physical and cultural manifestations. Fifty-five percent of the children do not attend school, and only 14.5% know how to read. There was also a substantial correlation between physical disability and ability to navigate the built environment in the city. There is a 92% probability that children who can walk experience fewer than average difficulties in the communities outside their homes. There was also evidence of significant cultural obstacles, with 31-33% of children experiencing at least one form of discrimination due to their disabilities and with the parents of 46% preferring that their child not leave the home.

Kimiko Kasama, Transylvania University, F14: A study of the knowledge about the envrionment and public health in Cristo Rey, Santiago, Dominican Republic. 

A study over the knowledge possessed by the Cristo Rey community about the environment, public health, and the relationship between the two.  I studied the concept of each variable independently within the context of the people’s realm of understanding and then implemented a tangible project followed by a public dissemination where I presented the findings of my research and the suggestions I had to address the need to further educate the people about the environment, public health, and the relationship one holds with the other. The tools used to gather data were implemented through questionnaires, interviews, observations, and a focus group and the population sample totaled 45 people.






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