Novel tools and best practices for education about invasive alien species

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Verbrugge , L N H , Dawson , M , Gettys , L A , Leuven , R S E W , Marchante , H , Marchante , E , Nummi , P , Rutenfrans , A H M , Schneider , K & Vanderhoeven , S 2021 , ' Novel tools and best practices for education about invasive alien species ' , Management of Biological Invasions , vol. 12 , no. 1 , pp. 8-24 .

Title: Novel tools and best practices for education about invasive alien species
Author: Verbrugge, Laura N. H.; Dawson, Murray; Gettys, Lyn A.; Leuven, Rob S. E. W.; Marchante, Helia; Marchante, Elizabete; Nummi, Petri; Rutenfrans, Annerie H. M.; Schneider, Katrin; Vanderhoeven, Sonia
Contributor organization: Department of Forest Sciences
Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS)
Forest Ecology and Management
Wetland Ecology Group
Date: 2021-03
Language: eng
Number of pages: 17
Belongs to series: Management of Biological Invasions
ISSN: 1989-8649
Abstract: Increasing public awareness is a prerequisite for successful management of invasive alien species (IAS). Environmental education can play an important role in this process by providing relevant learning outcomes and experiences for youth and students, as well as professionals in different sectors associated with introduction pathways or who are involved in mitigation and eradication of IAS. This paper responds to the urgent call for the inclusion of the IAS topic in education through the development, implementation and evaluation of novel and user-friendly educational materials. The aim of this paper is to describe best practices in IAS education and to share the lessons learned from eight educational projects from seven different countries. We discuss four challenges for IAS education, related to (1) inconsistent and ambiguous terminology, (2) communicating risk, (3) implementation of education materials, and (4) evaluation of learning effects. Examples of best practices are the use of smartphone applications and gaming elements, place-based education and exhibitions. We also note the importance of open access publishing of education materials to make them easily available. We intend this discussion to serve as a source of inspiration to researchers, science communicators and teachers and to spur the development of new teaching materials worldwide.
Subject: communication
citizen science
environmental education
non-native species
public awareness
1172 Environmental sciences
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by
Usage restriction: openAccess
Self-archived version: publishedVersion

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