1. The Freelance Condition & Lifelong Learning in Communities

Survey Period: September 7 - October 31, 2019

The Freelance Condition & Lifelong Learning in Communities project is an investigation into how independent educators in natural resource fields and environmental education work in their communities.

This research focuses specifically on freelance educators because of their ability to move through communities and create change in many different settings.

For this project, a freelance educator is defined as someone who does not receive income as an employee (W-2 income) for the programs, products, or learning experiences they create. They, like other independent professionals, work one project, one event, or one gig at a time. If this sounds like you, please consider completing this survey and sharing your story. Your anonymous replies will be grouped with other anonymous responses during analysis. 

Thank you for your interest in this project and for helping me describe how people learn about natural resources and the environment outside of the classroom.


Questions about this project should be directed to Tania Marien.

The estimated amount of time to complete the survey:  9 minutes

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* 1. How many years have you worked in informal education?

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* 2. How did you get started working in the field of informal education?

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* 3. Which of the following topics do you address in your work?
(Check all that apply)

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* 4. With which role do you identify the most?

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* 5. At what kind of venue do you normally work? (Check all that apply)

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* 6. Which statement best describes you?

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* 7. How do you establish new relationships with clients?

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* 8. How do people usually contact you? (Check all that apply)

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* 9. Do you participate in public events as an educational exhibitor or vendor?

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* 10. If you answered YES to Question 9, in what kind of events do you participate?

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* 11. How do you engage with the public through your work?
Do you create learning experiences? Lead tours? Present lectures about specific topics? Create interpretive panels? Teach about natural landscapes in a plein air class? Something else?

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* 12. To what extent do you agree with this statement?
My work positively impacts peoples' lives.

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* 13. What kind of change do you think you're making as an informal educator?

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* 14. What do you need to be able to create more change?

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* 15. If you had unlimited resources, how would you approach your work differently?

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* 16. How do you evaluate the impact of your work?
How do you know when you've been successful?
What does success look like?

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* 17. Why do you choose to work as an independent professional in the field of informal education?

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* 18. To what extent do you agree with the following statement?
My fiscal well-being as an independent professional working in informal education is stable.

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* 19. Would you be interested in joining an online community designed specifically for freelance informal educators working in natural resource fields and environmental education?

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* 20. What is the highest level of school you have completed or the highest degree you have received?

(Note: I ask this question because I have been questioned about the educational backgrounds of independent educators. This question is optional.)

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