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Upgrading basic knowledge of oceans and seas through secondary education
Eggermont, M. (2007). Upgrading basic knowledge of oceans and seas through secondary education. MSc Thesis. Universiteit Gent; MARELAC: Gent. 103 + 1 cd-rom pp.

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    The importance of oceans and seas is widely underestimated. Living on the terrestrial part of our planet has led to an impasse in knowledge. People know too little about oceans and seas. Secondary education is the best time and place to upgrade this basic marine knowledge. Interest analysis with Focus Group technique of pupils, their science teachers and marine scientists were performed and revealed an overall positive outcome. Curriculum analysis confirmed that no marine topics are taught during biology lessons in secondary education (second and third grade ASO) today. A referring list of marine topics that could be integrated in these curricula was made. The only available solution at present, is 'marinating' the existing curricula. In order to motivate teachers for integrating marine aspects in their course, digital ready-to-teach packages about these marine topics were developed. To create a permanent broad scale upgrade of marine knowledge within the public the curricula themselves should include basic marine knowledge. In both cases, a user friendly backup data system together with a growing digital package of ready-to-teach lectures about oceans and seas will be crucial, to offer high quality marine educational outreach to the teachers.

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