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ERIC Number: EJ1118037
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9266
Instructional Integration of Disciplines for Promoting Children's Positive Attitudes towards Plants
Çìl, Emine
Journal of Biological Education, v50 n4 p366-383 2016
Plants are an integral part of nature. Many plant species in almost any part of the world are under serious threats due to various reasons such as deforestation, pollution--of air, water and soil--caused by industrialisation, overgrazing and rapid population growth. It is likely that people have strong positive attitudes towards conservation of plants. This study investigated the effectiveness of an instructional approach based on integration of botany with chemistry and art on students' attitude towards plants. This study was carried out in a science summer school for 10-12-years-old students (N = 49) in Turkey. The Plant Attitude Questionnaire was used as pre-test and post-test to assess the effects of the instruction on the students' attitudes towards plants. Moreover, the participating children were asked to keep journals throughout the instruction. The children's journals served as a data collection tool. The findings of the study indicated that integration of botany with chemistry and art is a good way to support children's positive attitudes towards plants, particularly for an instructional approach based on the integration of plants with various disciplines to support children's interest and enjoyment of plants. Also, this approach could offer children opportunities to understand the importance of plants in the living environments of humans and other organisms, and material benefits from plants in industry.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Turkey
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