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Educational resource How can place attachment improve scientific literacy?

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How can place attachment improve scientific literacy?


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At Furman University in the US, Dr Ben Haywood and Professor Julia Parrish from the University of Washington are studying how citizen science programmes impact the relationships participants have with the places and ecology they study which might, in turn, increase scientific literacy. They are investigating whether our emotional attachments to the places around us can be harnessed in citizen science programmes to improve how well we understand our world.

This brochure introduces Ben and Julia’s work, offers an insight into careers in environmental geography, contains interviews with Ben and Julia and includes an activity sheet that challenges students to explore their attachment to place.