Nature 4.0 – Environmental education and App-based nature conservation monitoring

Authors: Carina Peter*, University of Marburg
Topics: Geography Education, Environment, Higher Education
Keywords: environmental education, ESD, inquiry-based learning, app-based learning, sustainability, nature (conservation) monitoring, student/citizen science
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 1:10 PM / 2:50 PM
Room: 8211, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
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Nature conservation requires nature observation and evaluation. The interdisciplinary project Nature 4.0 addresses these issues. The aim of the main project is the development of new methods for nature (conservation) monitoring. The sub-project presented here is a student science and environmental education project as a part of the main project.
The research area is a university forest (Marburg open forest) of about 200 hectares of mixed forest used for university teaching and research. This sub-project aims at the opening and permanent establishment of this area as a public location for explorative and inquiry-based learning. The goal is to close the gap between science, education and society by promoting and sharing an understanding of systems with diverse functions for both humans and the environment and to discuss it in the context of ESD. Furthermore, the project includes two objectives: (i) The promotion of students’ science and sustainability understanding; (ii) The generation of extensive data for nature conservation by monitoring for the scientific main-project.
The guided research question here is, are there positive effects on students’ and citizens’ knowledge and attitudes by the participation - of systems / science understanding, engagement and sustainability. The sampling involves different age groups.
To promote understanding and attitude, inquiry-based learning concepts will be used. Scientists and students will be working together to collect data under authentic research conditions. By the combination of student/citizen science collaborative project (app-based learning) and environmental educational concepts (inquiry-based learning), a new approach will be tested.

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