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Teaching native biodiversity: an exploratory study with Brazilian teachers

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Luvison Araujo, Leonardo Augusto [1] ; Dos Santos Alitto, Renata Aparecida [1]
Total Authors: 2
[1] Univ Sao Paulo, Fac Educ, Av Univ, Sao Paulo - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 1
Document type: Journal article
Web of Science Citations: 0

The purpose of this exploratory study was to investigate Brazilian school teacher attitudes and approaches to biodiversity education. We aim to specifically compare the amount of native biodiversity topics as measured by teachers' reports of their teaching emphasis. The study involved 147 teachers from all geographic regions of the country, who answered a questionnaire containing both open- and Likert scale items to compare biodiversity-related contents. Findings reveal that the concepts with the greatest emphasis from teachers are those related to environmental conservation, while the least emphasised concepts are those about Brazilian biodiversity. This seems to lead to a paradox, since conservation-effective actions depend on the place-consciousness of biodiversity. Analysis of responses revealed the following common factors that negatively affect the teaching of native biodiversity: lack of knowledge about local biota; the absence of adequate teaching materials; curriculum geared towards preparing students for national tests; excess of curricular content; and valuation of a macro/general view of biodiversity concepts rather than a native/local view. The implications of our results are important for the training of biology teachers, to improve initial and continued teacher education programmes about native biodiversity. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 20/09031-0 - Marine biodiversity in basic education: research for the curricular integration of knowledge through the Biota/FAPESP program
Grantee:Renata Aparecida dos Santos Alitto
Support Opportunities: Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctoral
FAPESP's process: 16/05843-4 - BIOTA-FAPESP Program in basic education: possibilities for curricular integration
Grantee:Nelio Marco Vincenzo Bizzo
Support Opportunities: BIOTA-FAPESP Program - Thematic Grants
FAPESP's process: 20/07961-0 - The teaching of Brazilian Biodiversity in an evolutionary perspective: subsidies for the development of teaching materials under the thematic project BIOTA-FAPESP in basic education
Grantee:Leonardo Augusto Luvison Araújo
Support Opportunities: Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctoral