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ERIC Number: EJ907329
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1449-6313
Let's Start in Our Own Backyard: Children's Engagement with Science through the Natural Environment
Alexander, Athalie; Russo, Sharon
Teaching Science, v56 n2 p47-54 Jun 2010
Capitalising on areas in which teachers feel most comfortable, the teaching of Biology, environmental education or nature to young children can be an alternative way of introducing and understanding Science. A "Citizen Science" program currently being run by the University of South Australia (UniSA) may be an appropriate starting point. "Citizen Science" is research involving interested members of the public, including school groups and parents, who participate by collecting scientific data in collaboration with scientists and professional bodies. Following the success of two previous projects, "Operation Possum" and "Operation Bluetongue", the 2009 venture of "Operation Magpie" encouraged interested participants to access a website, where information was provided regarding magpie behaviour and bird watching. This paper reports on a series of lessons developed from the program to encourage teachers and students to understand how better to interact with wildlife in their backyards (UniSA 2009). (Contains 1 table and 2 photos.)
Australian Science Teachers Association. P.O. Box 334, Deakin West, ACT 2600, Australia. Tel: +61-02-6282-9377; Fax: +61-02-6282-9477; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1; Primary Education
Audience: Students; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia