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Cultural Sustainability in Ethnobotanical Research with Students up to K-12

Version 1 : Received: 19 June 2020 / Approved: 21 June 2020 / Online: 21 June 2020 (11:55:34 CEST)

How to cite: Gutiérrez-García, L.; Blanco-Salas, J.; Sánchez-Martín, J.; Ruiz-Téllez, T. Cultural Sustainability in Ethnobotanical Research with Students up to K-12. Preprints 2020, 2020060268 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202006.0268.v1). Gutiérrez-García, L.; Blanco-Salas, J.; Sánchez-Martín, J.; Ruiz-Téllez, T. Cultural Sustainability in Ethnobotanical Research with Students up to K-12. Preprints 2020, 2020060268 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202006.0268.v1).

Abstract

In the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), education plays a fundamental role. However, traditional methodologies do not favor the enrichment and personal development essential to promote global awareness. The use of active methodologies based on experiences improve the quality of learning. This work describes the design, implementation, and evaluation of the acquired knowledge of a didactic proposal for non-formal education as a support for regulated education based on botany content. Firstly, a workshop was held, where young people participated directly in developing field work with a real scientific methodology. Subsequently, a group of students was chosen to be interviewed to obtain a global vision of the learning they obtained. The motivation of the students was quite positive, which allowed us to obtain voluntary participation in the field work and gave the students a participative attitude throughout the development of the workshops. Four months later, this positive attitude remained during their direct involvement in various activities, and the students still remembered the fundamental content discussed. Relating the didactic proposal to its immediate environment was shown to increase interest in learning and value in its own context. The results of this educational experience have been very positive, as knowledge was acquired, and interest in the preservation of the environment and the profession of a researcher was promoted.

Subject Areas

active methodologies; Sustainable Development Goals; non-formal education; Ethnobotany; learning assessment; STEM

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