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ERIC Number: EJ1046895
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Nov
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0269-2465
Children Become "Real Scientists" as They Help to Monitor the Health of Their Local Estuary
Beaumont, Brent
Primary Science, n135 p34-35 Nov 2104
The author explains how the children at his primary school in New Zealand are inspired by their involvement in environmental monitoring. Shellfish surveys are conducted annually in New Zealand in order to establish the health of their estuaries. By involving the children in this national monitoring programme, prepared by the Hauraki Gulf Forum (an Auckland City Council body), they have the opportunity to see the value and reason for carrying out certain scientific processes and activities. The authentic nature of the survey, working with scientists and outside community groups and knowing their work is valued and contributing to the greater good, gives them a real sense of achievement and purpose.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A