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Making decisions about biological conservation issues in peer group discussion.

Marcus, Grace and Mary, Ratcliffe (2003) Making decisions about biological conservation issues in peer group discussion. In, Psillos, D., Kariotoglou, P., Tselfes, V., Hatzikraniotis, E., Fassoulopoulos, G. and Kallery, M. (eds.) Science Education Research in the Knowledge-Based Society. Dordrecht, The Netherlands, Kluwer Academic Publishers pp. 241-247.

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An understanding of biological conservation is an essential component of sustainable development education, and the basis of this understanding is laid down in formal school science education. This study explores the value of group discussion, and the use of biological concepts and personal values among 15-16 year old pupils, while making decisions about two conservation scenarios. Most pupils modified their solutions to the problems as a result of peer group discussion. Preliminary findings indicate that there are some highly relevant biological concepts, particularly those relating to genetics, energy flow and nutrient cycling, which pupils do not regard as important in making decisions about conservation, and these need to be more explicitly linked together in the curriculum. Values considerations were more noticeable than biological concepts, and the findings suggest a conception of conservation management education that integrates concepts and values.

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Published date: 2003
Keywords: conservation, education, peer-groups, decision-making


Local EPrints ID: 12658
ISBN: 1402014120
PURE UUID: 38fda9ff-f522-4894-bfc7-86f93508fc5f

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Date deposited: 13 Dec 2004
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 17:02

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Author: Grace Marcus
Author: Ratcliffe Mary
Editor: D. Psillos
Editor: P. Kariotoglou
Editor: V. Tselfes
Editor: E. Hatzikraniotis
Editor: G. Fassoulopoulos
Editor: M. Kallery

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