Research in Science Education

Biophilia and its impact on academic achievement

Mon Oct 10, 2016 9:14 PM


I am doing undergraduate research at Wartburg College with another secondary science education major. We are studying biophilia, the natural attraction towards living things, and its impact on academic achievement, retention, and motivation in the middle school classroom. Currently, we are teaching physics lessons to three different middle schools in Northeast, Iowa. We are teaching forces using cockroaches and energy using earthworms and then comparing test scores to students who were taught the same lesson without live animals. Data will begin to be examined soon to test for significant changes in score increase from pretest to posttest.

Interest and feedback is welcome and appreciated. 

Clay Waterbury,
Kimberly Conner,

Clay Waterbury
Clay Waterbury
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Fri Jan 06, 2017 2:39 PM

I am interested in your results. It's also interesting to me that you are judging the impact of biophilia by using creatures that cause revulsion in much of the population. I personally love cockroaches and worms, but i have seen students be put off by them. I wonder if using "cute" vs. "gross" animals would make a difference!

Good luck on our research and I'd love to hear more.

Elizabeth Manning
Elizabeth Manning
520 Activity Points

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