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Cognitive achievements in identification skills

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Randler, Christoph ; Bogner, Franz X.:
Cognitive achievements in identification skills.
In: Journal of Biological Education. Vol. 40 (2006) Issue 4 . - pp. 161-165.
ISSN 0021-9266
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/00219266.2006.9656038

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Species identification tasks generally are understood as fundamentalaspects of educational approaches to appreciate biodiversity. Oureducational training unit, therefore, focused on identification skills byintroducing stuffed taxidermies in combination with identification booksand small preparation booklets. We have limited the number of bird specieswhich had to be identified to six. A pilot study with novice pupils showedan identification potential for bird species on a higher taxonomic level(avian family or order), but never for the appropriate and completespecies name. In our main study, 492 secondary school pupils (163 from 8thgrade of the highest and 329 from 9th grade of the medium stratificationlevel) participated in a hands-on lesson about the natural history of thesix bird species involved. 65 Biology freshmen of an university class wereused as control group prior to training. The surveyed variables werecomposed of achievement skills, learning emotions (interest, well-being,anxiety and boredom) and self-regulated learning success. Control classeswere taught in a conventional teacher-centred manner. Pupils from ourhands-on classes achieved significantly better in both follow-up testsindependently of the stratification levels. However, with regard to thesurveyed emotions in just one variable (well-being) a significantdifference appeared although pupils appreciated the self-regulation. Ingeneral, a shift of unspecified labelling to the specific depiction wasvisible: for instance, duck or gull to mallard and black-headed gull.Altogether, a species number reduction within a lesson unit generallyseems to enhance learning and retention effects.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Additional notes: BAYCEER36797
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Biology > Chair Didactics of Biology
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Biology > Chair Didactics of Biology > Chair Didactics of Biology - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Franz Xaver Bogner
Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Biology
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 500 Science
Date Deposited: 06 May 2015 14:57
Last Modified: 06 May 2015 14:57
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/12989