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Spring flora of Ljubljana as a tool for teaching botany in primary school

Katja Malovrh (2018) Spring flora of Ljubljana as a tool for teaching botany in primary school. MSc thesis.

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    In spring, there are plenty of plants in Ljubljana, which are often more or less overlooked. Ljubljana is a town with many urbanized areas. It is necessary to be aware that plants also grow on less obvious places. They grow between paving, on dried compacted ground, on roofs, in the swamp, etc. Although, there are quite a few censuses of Ljubljana’s flora, there is a lack of detailed census of the spring flora. For these reasons, I decided to make a census of the spring flora within the ring road of Ljubljana. I focused only on flowering herbaceous plants. I started the census by picking out a few areas within the quadrant and listed the flowering species there. The quadrants were 1 km2 large. Together with the preliminary data, we collected 87 in spring species on 70 quadrants. The most common species were from the families: Ranunculaceae, Brassicaceae, Scrophulariaceae, Asteraceae, Caryophyllaceae and Fabaceae. Hemikriptophytes and geophytes are most commonly found in Ljubljana. With the census I got a better insight into diversity of spring plant species in the Ljubljana’s area. I made descriptions of the most common species. I also added a map of known prevalence in Ljubljana’s area to each of the described species. It is necessary to mention that we did not map all quadrants, so it is likely that some species are omitted. Given the relatively large number of species listed, I have also proved that in the capital, which we think is not suited for the implementation of science days; there are many opportunities for teaching botany. In principle, teachers are reluctant to teach outside the classroom. I would like to use the census for the education of children. I created lists of quadrants and lesson plans for science day. In addition to the quadrant lists, I have selected a few more plants that I find suitable for achieving certain learning aims. I also added what we can show children on these plants. In my Master’s thesis, I focused on teaching botany at the subject level, that is, from the 6th grade to 9th grade. Botany is taught in 6th and 9th grade of primary school. Since, in the 6th grade, plants are the main topic, I have devoted a special chapter to plants suitable for teaching different plant organs. I hope I will encourage teachers to dedicate some of their time to teach outside of the classroom and enable students to have direct contact with nature.

    Item Type: Thesis (MSc thesis)
    Keywords: Ljubljana, spring flora, botany, primary school
    Number of Pages: 112
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    izr. prof. dr. Nejc JoganMentor
    doc. dr. Martina BačičComentor
    Link to COBISS: https://plus.si.cobiss.net/opac7/bib/12230985
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 5493
    Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2018 14:01
    Last Modified: 04 Dec 2018 14:01
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/5493

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