Ola Magntorn has done research on how different groups of students develop their ability to read nature, that is, the ability to feel at home in nature and to interpret what they see from an ecological perspective.
"It's a matter of recognizing organisms and using knowledge of their ecology to explain and describe nature, both at the species level and at the level of system ecology. It's also a matter of being able to see the impact of humans on the ecosystem," says Ola Magntorn.
"Findings from previous research show that that ecology teaching is often theoretical, without any direct connection to the organisms and nature that students encounter in their surroundings," Ola explains.
The point of departure for his study is therefore to carry out a major portion of teaching out in the ecosystem and to focus on just a few species. With knowledge of these species, students can develop an understanding of the ecological system, according to Ola.
Carl Linnaeus' great focus on species and his fascination with their ecology is a cardinal principle that underpins Ola's dissertation, where the notion of "Maxima in minimis"-seeing the great in the small-remains important today.
"With knowledge of how our ordinary ecosystem looks and functions, students can also react to how nature is impacted by humans in various ways," says Ola Magntorn.
*Ola Magntorn is an instructor in biology and geoscience at Kristianstad University College and a doctoral student at Linköping University in the National Graduate School in Science and Technology Education Research (abbreviated FoNTD in Swedish).
Contact information for Ola Magntorn Phone: +46 (0)44-203440; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lisa Nordenhem | idw
Scientists unlock ability to generate new sensory hair cells
22.02.2017 | Brigham and Women's Hospital
New insights into the information processing of motor neurons
22.02.2017 | Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience
In the field of nanoscience, an international team of physicists with participants from Konstanz has achieved a breakthrough in understanding heat transport
Cells need to repair damaged DNA in our genes to prevent the development of cancer and other diseases. Our cells therefore activate and send “repair-proteins”...
The Fraunhofer IWS Dresden and Technische Universität Dresden inaugurated their jointly operated Center for Additive Manufacturing Dresden (AMCD) with a festive ceremony on February 7, 2017. Scientists from various disciplines perform research on materials, additive manufacturing processes and innovative technologies, which build up components in a layer by layer process. This technology opens up new horizons for component design and combinations of functions. For example during fabrication, electrical conductors and sensors are already able to be additively manufactured into components. They provide information about stress conditions of a product during operation.
The 3D-printing technology, or additive manufacturing as it is often called, has long made the step out of scientific research laboratories into industrial...
Nature does amazing things with limited design materials. Grass, for example, can support its own weight, resist strong wind loads, and recover after being...
Nanometer-scale magnetic perforated grids could create new possibilities for computing. Together with international colleagues, scientists from the Helmholtz Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) have shown how a cobalt grid can be reliably programmed at room temperature. In addition they discovered that for every hole ("antidot") three magnetic states can be configured. The results have been published in the journal "Scientific Reports".
Physicist Dr. Rantej Bali from the HZDR, together with scientists from Singapore and Australia, designed a special grid structure in a thin layer of cobalt in...
13.02.2017 | Event News
10.02.2017 | Event News
09.02.2017 | Event News
22.02.2017 | Power and Electrical Engineering
22.02.2017 | Life Sciences
22.02.2017 | Physics and Astronomy