MAKING DECISIONS ABOUT BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION: A STUDY IN PRE-SERVICE TEACHER EDUCATION

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2016-01-01

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Scientia Socialis

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Biodiversity conservation is a current environmental concern that reveals the competing priorities of economic development and environmental preservation. These issues are currently being debated at various levels of society, and decisions are made based not only on scientific knowledge but also on opinions and values. Among the reasons commonly used to justify current environmental demands for biodiversity conservation, Sarkar (2005) has identified three flawed arguments to be avoided. Because the discussion of biodiversity conservation is a current demand, it should also be addressed in the field of education. Biology teachers should be prepared to engage their students in discussion about all aspects of biodiversity conservation. In light of the need to train professionals who are capable of addressing complex issues such as this, the following may be asked: What do biology students consider when making decisions about the use and conservation of biodiversity? Do the flawed arguments identified by Sarkar (2005) factor into their reasoning? This research analyzes reports produced following a teaching activity known as decision making. The results reveal not only students' concern for environmental issues, particularly regarding water resources, but also the presence of two of Sarkar's flawed arguments. The limits of students ' knowledge of the subject also become evident.

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Problems Of Education In The 21st Century. Siauliai: Scientia Socialis, v. 74, p. 71-78, 2016.

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