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Students' perception of plant and animal species: A case study from rural Argentina


Nates, J; Campos, C; Lindemann-Matthies, P (2010). Students' perception of plant and animal species: A case study from rural Argentina. Applied Environmental Education & Communication, 9(2):131-141.

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Exotic species seriously affect local biodiversity in Argentina. This article investigates how students in San Juan province perceive native and exotic species. With the help of a written questionnaire, 865 students (9-17 years old) were asked to name the plant and animal they liked most, disliked most, and perceived as most useful, and to name local species and describe their uses in the region. Students' preferences and perceptions were strongly directed toward exotic domestic species. Consequently, workshops were developed in which students were introduced by local ecologists to the diversity of native wild species and their importance for the ecosystem.

Exotic species seriously affect local biodiversity in Argentina. This article investigates how students in San Juan province perceive native and exotic species. With the help of a written questionnaire, 865 students (9-17 years old) were asked to name the plant and animal they liked most, disliked most, and perceived as most useful, and to name local species and describe their uses in the region. Students' preferences and perceptions were strongly directed toward exotic domestic species. Consequently, workshops were developed in which students were introduced by local ecologists to the diversity of native wild species and their importance for the ecosystem.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
590 Animals (Zoology)
Language:English
Date:2010
Deposited On:08 Feb 2011 12:30
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 14:34
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:1533-0389
Publisher DOI:10.1080/1533015X.2010.482495
Permanent URL: http://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-41895

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