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ERIC Number: EJ1140478
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1350-4622
Using Discovery Maps as a Free-Choice Learning Process Can Enhance the Effectiveness of Environmental Education in a Botanical Garden
Yang, Xi; Chen, Jin
Environmental Education Research, v23 n5 p656-674 2017
Botanical gardens (BGs) are important agencies that enhance human knowledge and attitude towards flora conservation. By following free-choice learning model, we developed a "Discovery map" and distributed the map to visitors at the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden in Yunnan, China. Visitors, who did and did not receive discovery maps, were evaluated through a questionnaire and behavioural observations. The map-users scored significantly higher on knowledge than non-map-users. Map-users tended to spend more time and pay more attention to plants during tours than the non-map-users. The study provides evidence to indicate using discovery maps as a free-choice learning process can improve visitors' engagement during the visit and may enhance the effectiveness of environmental education in botanical garden.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China
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