Understanding students’ knowledge about biogeography in a higher education university in Singapore

Authors: Carlos A Morales-Ramirez*, National University of Singapore, Yi-Chen Wang, National University of Singapore
Topics: Biogeography, Geography Education
Keywords: biogeography knowledge, geography education, Singapore, biodiversity conservation
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 5:00 PM / 6:40 PM
Room: Taylor, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
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Although biogeography is gaining interest and is rapidly increasing in scientific research, researchers suggest its role within education is still not strong. It is an important discipline today because of environmental changes and anthropogenic threats affecting biodiversity. Millington and colleagues conducted a study in 2011 where they analyzed the status of biogeography in numerous countries. Singapore and other urbanized Asian countries are not included in the prior research. Biodiversity here are in danger, therefore, understanding the status of biogeography in Singapore in important. Having informed and prepared individuals from an early age is key to help mitigate biodiversity conservation. This study aims to understand and measure students’ knowledge about biogeography in Singapore to shed light of its importance and ensure that it is part of core educational curriculum. Six modules at the National University of Singapore were selected using a cluster sampling method and all students were surveyed. They were asked four questions: (1) what is biogeography; (2) define it; (3) select the discipline it belongs to; and (4) what is the job market for a biogeographer. A correlation analysis is conducted to understand if the students’ educational background has a positive correlation with the correct answers.

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