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Nature literacy: rethinking how we teach about nature in secondary school science

Nature literacy: rethinking how we teach about nature in secondary school science
Nature literacy: rethinking how we teach about nature in secondary school science
Our connection with nature is important for mental and physical well-being and this connection depends on how we understand, value and engage with the natural world. However, there is persistent evidence that young people remain disconnected from nature. In this article we discuss reasons why many secondary schools in England are having difficulty engaging their students with nature. We propose a rethinking of the way we teach about nature and biodiversity by promoting the notion of ‘nature literacy’, which can empower students to become more actively engaged with the natural world around them.
science education, nature connection, schools and pupils
0036-6811
15-20
Grace, Marcus
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Grace, Marcus, Griffiths, Janice B and Hughes, Carys (2021) Nature literacy: rethinking how we teach about nature in secondary school science. School Science Review, 102 (381), 15-20.

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Our connection with nature is important for mental and physical well-being and this connection depends on how we understand, value and engage with the natural world. However, there is persistent evidence that young people remain disconnected from nature. In this article we discuss reasons why many secondary schools in England are having difficulty engaging their students with nature. We propose a rethinking of the way we teach about nature and biodiversity by promoting the notion of ‘nature literacy’, which can empower students to become more actively engaged with the natural world around them.

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Published date: 20 June 2021
Keywords: science education, nature connection, schools and pupils

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Local EPrints ID: 450462
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/450462
ISSN: 0036-6811
PURE UUID: d324acf0-4e23-4d80-9c69-9eb1a6ab87e0
ORCID for Marcus Grace: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-1949-1765

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Date deposited: 28 Jul 2021 16:32
Last modified: 13 Dec 2021 02:37

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Author: Marcus Grace ORCID iD
Author: Janice B Griffiths
Author: Carys Hughes

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