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ERIC Number: EJ939393
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9266
Towards a Better Understanding of Ecology
Sander, Elke; Jelemenska, Patricia; Kattmann, Ulrich
Journal of Biological Education, v40 n3 p119-123 2006
In biology teaching, ecological subjects play an important role in dealing with nature in a responsible way. Empirical research has shown that, even after school instruction, students do not understand essential ecological concepts.The main reason is that preconceptions which influence learning are not taken into account in the construction of curricula.We combine findings from two independently-designed studies which have their main objectives in common. In both studies the focus is on students' conceptions of ecological terms and phenomena--ecosystem, and balance-and-change in nature. The studies were conducted within the framework of Educational Reconstruction, where three components of research are linked together: "scientific clarification", "comprehension of students perspectives" and "construction of instruction". In order to capture the structure and quality of students' conceptions, qualitative methods were used. The results of both studies indicate that students tend to refer to more or less constant properties, in particular those which are visible in the everyday world. Processes are rarely their concern. Therefore the scientific conceptions of ecosystem, imbalance and the dynamics of biodiversity would be difficult for them to understand. For a better understanding, the dimensions of both space and time should be included in curricular design. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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