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Students attitudes toward insects in correlations with knowledge of and direct experience with insects

Neža Sedej (2013) Students attitudes toward insects in correlations with knowledge of and direct experience with insects. Diploma thesis.

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    Abstract

    Schools nowadays increasingly introduce experiential learning / teaching. Students should learn from experience, through independent work and their own activities. Direct experience, which include interaction with animals aid in lasting knowledge retention and their opinions are more stable, stronger and durable. It is important for students to come into contact with less popular animal species (insects), because only so they can understand their importance and role in ecosystems. Our research included students of sixth and seventh grade of primary school, with a nine year-program and we were trying to find out their standpoints and knowledge about insects and what the relations between standpoints and knowledge were. We distributed questionnaires among 130 students and they had 20 minutes to answer the questions. The results we received showed a high percentage of students who stated a former direct experience with insects. It proved that students who stated former direct experience with insects had more positive opinions than those who had no direct experience. Regarding knowledge our research showed that students with former experience with insects and those without it had the same level of knowledge. Regarding connections between individual standpoint categories of students to insects and students’ knowledge we noticed low connections with knowledge in students, who stated previous direct experience with insects, connected with scientific and negative standpoint category. The more knowledge students had about insects, the more positive their standpoints towards insects were. In students, who stated no previous direct experience with insects, in connection with scientific and protective standpoint category, we observed low to medium high connections. The more knowledge students had, the more they were willing to learn about insects and the less they were willing to protect them. Even though students of the seventh grade of primary school treat insects in natural sciences class, their knowledge about them is very bad. It is important to introduce, to the greatest extent, experiential approach into education, which in the initial phase, leads students mostly on the emotional level. Interest and motivation grow in students, this is followed by guided experience where we maintain motivation and improve it directing attention. I believe, that the educational system should enable students of lower grades the greatest possible extent of direct experience with organisms, because only so they will get a more realistic perception of them. It is important that students meet with insects in their natural environment to be able to make an integral connection.

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
    Keywords: insects, standpoints, knowledge, direct experience, teachers, students
    Number of Pages: 31
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
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    doc. dr. Iztok TomažičMentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=9759049)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 1720
    Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2013 07:28
    Last Modified: 19 Sep 2013 07:28
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/1720

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