Shari Ellis

Shari Ellis
University of Florida | UF · Florida Museum

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Publications (41)
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The first two decades of the twenty-first century have seen a rapid rise in the mobilization of digital biodiversity data. This has thrust natural history museums into the forefront of biodiversity research, underscoring their central role in the modern scientific enterprise. The advent of mobilization initiatives such as the United States National...
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The first two decades of the 21 st Century have seen a rapid rise in the creation, mobilization, research, and educational use of digital museum data, especially in the natural and biodiversity sciences. This has thrust natural history museums and especially the biodiversity specimen collections they hold into the forefront of biodiversity research...
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The digitization of biocollections is a critical task with direct implications for the global community who use the data for research and education. Recent innovations to involve citizen scientists in digitization increase awareness of the value of biodiversity specimens; advance science, technology, engineering, and math literacy; and build sustai...
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Paleontology is an interdisciplinary field that attracts a range of individuals, from hobbyists to professionals. A primary goal of the NSF-funded FOSSIL Project is to establish a unified community of paleontologists and promote best practices in the field. The Belgrade PaleoBlitz was a pilot effort to meet these goals by guiding participants throu...
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Paleontology is an interdisciplinary field that attracts all walks of life, from hobbyists to professionals. This shared interest between the public and professional communities offers ample opportunities for both collaboration and conflict. In order to facilitate collaborations and minimize conflict, it is necessary for all stakeholders to underst...
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Paleontology is an interdisciplinary field that attracts all walks of life, from hobbyists to professionals. This shared interest between the public and professional communities offers ample opportunities for both collaboration and conflict. In order to facilitate collaborations and minimize conflict, it is necessary for all stakeholders to underst...
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In this era of global change, early recognition of change in Earth's biota is vital to prevent the loss of biodiversity and ecological health. Biological outliers (e.g., in phenology, distribution, morphology, etc.) may indicate early stages of significant, transformative change that merit immediate attention. As active naturalists, collectors of b...
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This study sought to define the attributes and practices of organized fossil groups (e.g., clubs, paleontological societies) as amateur paleontologists, as well as those of professional paleontologists, and explore the potential for these two groups to work collaboratively as a formalized community. Such an investigation is necessary to develop des...
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Considerable interest exists among lifelong learners in the USA about fossils and the science of paleontology. Unlike some other science-related groups, e.g., astronomy and ornithology, interest in fossils among amateur paleontologists is primarily focused within local clubs and societies with little national coordination. This paper presents the r...
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The 55-million-year fossil record of horses (Family Equidae) has been frequently cited as a prime example of long-term macroevolution. In the second half of the nineteenth century, natural history museum exhibits characteristically depicted fossil horses to be a single, straight-line (orthogenetic) progression from ancestor to descendent. By the be...
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A partnership among a museum, public libraries, and Head Start produced Marvelous Explorations through Science and Stories (MESS) , an early childhood curriculum enhancement designed to help teachers of young children create high quality learning experiences in science and increase parental involvement in children's learning. Parent involvement eff...
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Natural history museums are the principal repositories of the collections that represent much of the objective evidence for evolution. With approximately 50 million visitors annually, US natural history museums can significantly influence the public's understanding of evolution. Here we present the results of a study that investigated the knowledge...
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One possible source of variation in children’s mathematical abilities upon entry to school may be the social support of early number skills children receive in the home. In the present study, we explored parental support of preschoolers’ counting in the context of an everyday activity and whether parental ability to provide aid is influenced by the...
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Historically, research on strategy development has focused on charting changes in modal strategy use associated with age and experience. In recent years, however, researchers have begun to document the variety of strategies children have in their repertoires at different ages and with different degrees of experience on tasks. Of growing importance...
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This chapter describes human problem solving as a social activity that directly involves other people in all periods of development. These people function as goals to be attained, as tools for attaining other goals, as obstacles blocking attainment of other goals, and as resources capable of conveying useful skills and knowledge. The social world a...
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discuss social and cultural influences on children's collaborative interactions / focus on current approaches to the study of peer influences on cognition, review evidence that suggests that children's collaborative interactions vary across social and cultural groups, describe some differences between the problem-solving interactions of Navajo and...
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2 studies were conducted to test a social-developmental model of discounting. In both, children of 2 age levels (5-7 years and 8-10 years) directly experienced an inverse relation between extrinsic and intrinsic motivation. Others were randomly assigned to an irrelevant-experience control group. Afterwards, all subjects participated in a social per...
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32 mothers taught their 6- or 8-yr-old children 1 of 2 laboratory classification tasks resembling a home or school activity. It was expected that dyads would compensate for the perceived difficulty of the school task for the younger children by providing greater assistance to this group than to the other 3 groups. The instructional interaction was...
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An important difference between laboratory and real life categorization is that in everyday use, categorization generally serves as the means to an end (e.g., arranging the kitchen to be able to find things efficiently), rather than the end itself. Laboratory classification studies have found increases with development in the use of nominal rather...
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Informal reports of observations of teaching interactions in classrooms suggest that children instruct each other primarily through demonstration and modeling of tasks, while adult teachers show a greater reliance on verbal instruction. Although child and adult teachers appear to utilize very different teaching strategies, a number of authors belie...
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436 children, aged 1–12 yrs, were observed at home or outdoors in a middle-income neighborhood. Across all age groups, strict age segregation was less common than was expected. Ss were with same-age peers in only 6% of the observations, with child companions who differed from them in age by at least 1 yr in 55% of the observations, with adult compa...
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Stage theories and empirical studies have concentrated on a few periods of childhood (e.g., age 5 to 7 years) as important turns of transition. On the basis of ethnographic suggestions that the age period 8 to 10 years also involves interesting changes, the authors carried out a search of published empirical studies for findings of transitions in c...
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The purpose of this paper was to explore the age-segregation of U.S. children in two situations--children's spontaneous groups and adult-organized activities--and to examine the developmental changes in children's companionship between infancy and adolescence. The companionship of 400 urban children ranging in age from 1 to 12 years was determined...
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This chapter emphasizes planning as an indirect method of problem solving, aimed at choosing actions that, when executed in the future, will solve the problem. The authors first discuss evidence regarding children's frequent failure to plan, then present a theory derived from the strategy choice model posited by R. S. Siegler and C. Shipley (1995)...

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