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Title: Public understanding of plant biology: Voices from the bottom of the garden
Authors: Watts, DM
Keywords: Biology;Relevance;Informal learning;Affective domain;Botany;Informal education
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Citation: International Journal of Science Education, Part B: Communication and Public Engagement: 1 - 18, (2015)
Abstract: Many household gardeners accumulate considerable knowledge of plant biology through a range of informal learning sources. This knowledge seldom relates to school biology and is driven by interest, keen motivation and what is termed here ‘vital relevance’. A small opportunity sample of 12 gardeners (6 M, 6 F) is interviewed in terms of their knowledge of plant biology and their motives for learning. They are largely self-educated, their knowledge is quite specific though piecemeal and their motivation has a strong affective dimension.
ISSN: 1464-5289
Appears in Collections:Dept of Education Research Papers

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