Tracking invasive birds: a programme for implementing dynamic open inquiry learning and conservation education

Zion, Michal, Spektor-Levy, Ornit, Orchan, Yotam, Shwartz, Assaf, Sadeh, Irit and Kark, Salit (2011) Tracking invasive birds: a programme for implementing dynamic open inquiry learning and conservation education. Journal of Biological Education, 45 1: 3-12. doi:10.1080/00219266.2011.537833


Author Zion, Michal
Spektor-Levy, Ornit
Orchan, Yotam
Shwartz, Assaf
Sadeh, Irit
Kark, Salit
Title Tracking invasive birds: a programme for implementing dynamic open inquiry learning and conservation education
Journal name Journal of Biological Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0021-9266
2157-6009
Publication date 2011-03-01
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/00219266.2011.537833
Volume 45
Issue 1
Start page 3
End page 12
Total pages 10
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA United States
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Among potential topics in the new science of biodiversity, understanding the characteristics and impact of invasive birds is an attractive subject to include as part of junior high school biology studies. Birds are aesthetic and raise curiosity. Curiosity about birds, combined with field observations, can stimulate students to ask authentic questions. As birds are among the few wild vertebrates that one can easily observe, students can easily develop systematic methods to answer their questions and initiate a dynamic open inquiry process. The educational project ‘Tracking Invasive Birds’, presented here as a case study, is the result of a unique collaboration among conservation biologists, science educators and biology teachers. High school students participated in an open inquiry process facilitated by teachers, ecologists, and science educators. At the end of the inquiry process, these high school students conducted a bird watching tour for junior high school students. This paper shows how investigating a conservation environmental issue – invasive birds – contributes to the development of both dynamic open inquiry skills and environmental literacy among 11th‐ and 12th‐grade students.
Keyword Bird invasion
Biodiversity
Ecology
Environmental literacy
Open inquiry
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Biological Sciences Publications
 
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