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Wednesday 23rd January 2013
During my previous So What? blog entry, I recounted a series of incidents which led me to believe that some school children are still developing serious misconceptions about sharks. This included the belief that UK waters do not contain any shark species at all, and the perception that sharks still present a real threat to the well being of people around the world.
My initial blog was based upon the 30 school children whom I teach at Navigation Primary School, Manchester. However, I was interested to find out more about what some of the other school children at Navigation Primary School thought about sharks. More specifically, I wanted to find out whether they too viewed sharks as a real danger to human life? Did they think that sharks could not be found in UK waters? Did they know of any threats facing sharks in the wild?
Therefore, I decided to carry out a small-scale questionnaire at Navigation Primary School, Manchester, to investigate further what the school children there really thought about sharks. Through the questionnaire, I wanted to find out:
• What did the school children really think about sharks?
After analysing the results from the questionnaire, I believe that these following points are worth highlighting.
• “Scary” accounted for 10% of the words generated by the school children to describe sharks.
In my opinion, the questionnaire’s results have provided some interesting insights into what school children, aged 7-11, really think about sharks. In addition to this, I think it illustrates the importance of educating people about the true nature of animals from an early age.
Whilst the school children thought of sharks in a negative way and did not know that they occur in the seas close to where they live, the school children did demonstrate a good understanding of what shark species occur around the world and the major threats facing them. This division in knowledge, good in some areas, not so good in others, could possibly be due to the lack of specific education these school children receive about the natural world close to them versus what they absorb from TV providing information about nature from the rest of the world. The results show that whilst school children have a great interest in nature, could it be that they need to learn more about what is happening in their backyard?
To read the full report documenting the results from the questionnaire, see the News/Blog section within the So What? website.
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Categories: Kids for Lions
Posted by Chris Macsween at 10:43
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