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ERIC Number: EJ939381
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9266
Factors Influencing Primary School Children's Knowledge of Wildlife
Huxham, Mark; Welsh, Angela; Berry, Alice; Templeton, Stuart
Journal of Biological Education, v41 n1 p9-12 2006
We examined the wildlife knowledge of primary (aged 4-12) schoolchildren. In particular, we examined the effects of children's age and gender, as well as the taxonomy and origin (indigenous versus exotic) of wildlife, on the degree of knowledge about different species. We used illustrated "flashcards" of mammals, birds and arthropods, drawn randomly from a species pool. Each indigenous example was paired with an exotic animal. Wildlife knowledge overall increased steadily with age, although the ability to identify species peaked at age 9 then declined slightly. Boys had significantly greater wildlife knowledge than girls, and children of both sexes identified more indigenous than exotic species. Knowledge of mammals was significantly better than that of birds and arthropods. Knowledge of some very common indigenous species, such as sparrow and earwig, was poor. We conclude that the potential for primary school wildlife education using common and easily accessible species of birds and arthropods is not fully realised, and that girls in particular lack knowledge of local species. (Contains 2 online references, 1 table, and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)