Conflicting perceptions of the status of field biology and identification skills in UK education

Goulder, Raymond; Scott, Graham (Graham W.)

School of Biological, Biomedical and Environmental Sciences; School of Biological, Biomedical and Environmental Sciences
Field biology; Identification skills; Education
2016

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©2018 University of Hull
Abstract

There is an enormous degree of engagement between people and the outdoors in the UK; 58% of the adult population of England, about 24 million people, make at least one visit a week to parks, urban green spaces, the countryside or other outdoor destinations. Having nearby green space is important to 52% of adults and 37% of them claim to watch wildlife while outdoors (Natural England 2015a). Children, usually encouraged by adults, also make many visits to the ‘natural’ environment; 70% of children in England, about 7 million, visit natural environments at least once a week (Natural England 2015b). There is, nevertheless, an ongoing thread of opinion and research that suggests that engagement with and knowledge and understanding of the natural environment and knowledge of plants and animals may be decreasing in affluent consumer societies. Thus, Pergams and Zaradic (2008) described a shift away from visits to the outdoors and nature-based recreation in the US and Japan. There is also evidence of widespread decrease in support for natural history in developed economies, despite its huge importance to society (Tewksbury et al. 2015).

Publisher
The University of Hull
Peer reviewed
Yes
Language
English
Extent
106 KB
Identifier
hull:13559

Journal

Journal title
Journal of biological education
Publication date
2016
Publisher
Taylor & Francis
DOI
10.1080/00219266.2016.1202489
ISSN (Print)
0021-9266
ISSN (Electronic)
2157-6009
Volume
50
Issue
3
Start page
233
End page
238
Notes

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of biological education on 13th July 2016, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1080/00219266.2016.1202489

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