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How puzzles are shaping our understanding of biodiversity: A call for more research into biodiversity representation in educational games


Parreno, Maria Alejandra; Petchey, Sara; Chapman, Mollie; Altermatt, Florian; Backhaus, Norman; Deplazes-Zemp, Anna; Horgan, Katherine; Niklaus, Pascal A; Mihaljević, Morana; Pennekamp, Frank; Santos, Maria Joao; Schaepman, Michael E; Schmid, Bernhard; Weber de Melo, Vanessa; Zuppinger-Dingley, Debra; Petchey, Owen L (2022). How puzzles are shaping our understanding of biodiversity: A call for more research into biodiversity representation in educational games. GAIA, 31(3):139-145.

Abstract

Games as a didactic tool (e. g., puzzles) are gaining recognition in environmental education to promote skill development, but also to develop a specific understanding of the natural world. However, a children’s puzzle containing representations of nature may unwillingly lead to “misconceptions” of biodiversity themes and processes, and an over-simplification of the relationship between people and nature. To solve this problem, positive connotations of biodiversity may prompt a conceptual change to a more nuanced, multifaceted conception of biodiversity.

Abstract

Games as a didactic tool (e. g., puzzles) are gaining recognition in environmental education to promote skill development, but also to develop a specific understanding of the natural world. However, a children’s puzzle containing representations of nature may unwillingly lead to “misconceptions” of biodiversity themes and processes, and an over-simplification of the relationship between people and nature. To solve this problem, positive connotations of biodiversity may prompt a conceptual change to a more nuanced, multifaceted conception of biodiversity.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies
08 Research Priority Programs > Global Change and Biodiversity
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
590 Animals (Zoology)
910 Geography & travel
Uncontrolled Keywords:Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous), Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
Language:English
Date:20 October 2022
Deposited On:24 Nov 2022 09:24
Last Modified:28 May 2024 01:42
Publisher:Oekom Verlag
ISSN:0940-5550
OA Status:Hybrid
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.14512/gaia.31.3.3
  • Content: Published Version
  • Language: English
  • Licence: Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)