Bethan Claire Stagg

Bethan Claire Stagg
University of Exeter | UoE · Graduate School in Education

PhD in Biology Education; MSc in Biodiversity and Conservation

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Introduction
My research explores people's connections to plants, particularly through the media of embodied learning, the creative arts and digital learning. I am also interested in sustainable agriculture and coordinated this MOOC www.futurelearn.com/courses/future-food. I work at Duchy Rural Business School, investigating farmer perceptions of herbal leys, and designing an app to address the barriers to uptake.

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Publications (11)
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This research attempts to provide novel insights into plant awareness disparity (plant blindness), through a systematic and critical examination of the educational and ethnobiological literature. The low interest and awareness for plants is well documented in urban societies and has serious implications for biodiversity conservation and sustainable...
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Novel approaches for counteracting plant blindness
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Background: Children’s interest in science is known to decline around the upper primary age, and botanical topics are unpopular with students. Drama in education has the potential to increase motivation and interest in school science. Purpose: The study examined the impact of immersive drama on knowledge about biological classification and attitude...
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Background Although plant reproduction is a core subject in school science curricula, botanical topics are typically unpopular with students. Integrating the arts into science subject matter has the potential to increase student interest and understanding. Educational theatre has shown particular promise in this area. Purpose The study examined ho...
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Scientific drawing and writing are critical to the development of observational and recording skills in biology. However, it is unclear how the process of drawing and writing contribute to the learning of plant taxonomy. In the present study, 41 adult botanical novices studied a suite of UK native plant species using two methods: labelled drawing a...
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We investigated usability of mobile computers and field guide books with adult botanical novices, for the identification of wildflowers and deciduous trees in winter. Identification accuracy was significantly higher for wildflowers using a mobile computer app than field guide books but significantly lower for deciduous trees. User preference follow...
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Most beginners are introduced to plant diversity through identification keys, which develop differentiation skills but not species memorisation. We propose that mnemonics, memorable ‘name clues’ linking a species name with morphological characters, are a complementary learning tool for promoting species memorisation. In the first of two experiments...
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With the last pure botany degree closing its doors in 2011, the prospect of a generation unable to identify native plants becomes ever more real. We tested novel botanical identification methods and a grassland survey protocol as part of the participatory project 'Open Air Laboratories.' Experiences in the field 82 novices participated in a grassla...
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Bryophytes are a rewarding study group in field biology and the UK bryophyte flora has international importance to biodiversity conservation. We designed an identification key to common woodland moss species and compared the usability of two formats, web-based multi-access and printed dichotomous key, with undergraduate students. The rate of correc...
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Taxonomic education and botany are increasingly neglected in schools and universities, leading to a ‘missed generation’ of adults that cannot identify organisms, especially plants. This study pilots three methods for teaching identification of native plant species to forty-three adults engaged in the participatory science project ‘Open Air Laborato...
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Taxonomic education and botany are increasingly neglected in schools and universities, leading to a ‘missed generation’ of adults that cannot identify organisms, especially plants. This study pilots three methods for teaching identification of native plant species to forty-three adults engaged in the participatory science project ‘Open Air Laborato...

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