Ways for improving modern zoological education: overview of the session

Buckeridge, J 2003, 'Ways for improving modern zoological education: overview of the session', in A. Legakis et al. (ed.) The New Panorama of Animal Evolution, Athens, Greece, 28 August - 2 September 2000, pp. 581-582.


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Title Ways for improving modern zoological education: overview of the session
Author(s) Buckeridge, J
Year 2003
Conference name Proceedings of the 18th International Congress on Zoology
Conference location Athens, Greece
Conference dates 28 August - 2 September 2000
Proceedings title The New Panorama of Animal Evolution
Editor(s) A. Legakis et al.
Publisher Pensoft
Place of publication Sofia, Bulgaria
Start page 581
End page 582
Total pages 2
Abstract International interest in biodiversity and the rapid growth of the Internet have made zoological information more relevant and more readily available for educational purposes than at any other time in the history of biological education. Unfortunately, much of the information available to the public and to educators lacks context and, in some instances, is factually incorrect or misleading. This situation requires that the scientists and science educators rethink their approaches to zoological education at all levels, from grade school to graduate school. This discussion group will focus on the following questions: * What are the major concepts of zoology that should form the framework for educational programs? * What are the most appropriate educational strategies for teaching about zoology? * Given that curricula at all levels already are over-crowded with content, how can we increase the likelihood that zoological content received appropriate attention? * What is the relationship between zoological education and efforts to improve education about evolution, systematics, and taxonomy? * How can we make most effective use of the Internet to improve education about zoology, and how can the scientific community help to ensure the accuracy of zoological information on the Internet? * How can scientists and science educators make most effective use of community resources, such as collections at museums and universities? We expect to produce a set of concrete recommendations on which we hope the zoological community will act in the years following the congress.
Subjects Zoology not elsewhere classified
Copyright notice © 2003 Pensoft Publishers
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