ERIC Number: EJ1200398
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Abstractor: As Provided
A Comparison of Descriptive Writing and Drawing of Plants for the Development of Adult Novices' Botanical Knowledge
Stagg, Bethan C.; Verde, Michael F.
Journal of Biological Education, v53 n1 p63-78 2019
Scientific drawing and writing are critical to the development of observational and recording skills in biology. However, it is unclear how the process of drawing and writing contribute to the learning of plant taxonomy. In the present study, 41 adult botanical novices studied a suite of UK native plant species using two methods: labelled drawing and descriptive writing. Tests of species identification and recognition of morphological characteristics indicated that both methods were equally effective at improving species identification. However, drawing captured significantly more morphological information about all study species than writing and was preferred by participants. The quality of drawn and written work was also evaluated and educational implications arising from these are discussed.
Descriptors: Freehand Drawing, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Biology, Taxonomy, Plants (Botany), Botany, Novices, Writing (Composition), Identification, Foreign Countries, Tests, Learning Activities, Notetaking, Adult Education, Student Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom