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Developing Action Competence for Insect Preservation

Project description

Taking action for insects: People engagement for insect protection

The decline of insects represents a growing challenge for our ecosystem. Consequently, insect preservation methods are urgently needed. The EU-funded DACIP project will develop the innovative theoretical framework – action competence for insect preservation (ACIP) – and rely on it to develop novel qualitative and quantitative research tools to investigate citizens’ abilities in insect preservation and raise their ACIP. The interventions to raise citizens’ ACIP will include wildlife gardening and citizen science as central elements. The project will implement and assess these interventions at compulsory schools in Karlstad to achieve a broad educational impact on young citizens and their abilities to preserve insects.

Objective

"The proposed research project ""Developing Action Competence for Insect Preservation"" (DACIP) approaches the current problem of insect decline from an educational perspective using methods of Educational Design Research (EDR). The research project aims to (i) improve theoretical understanding of citizens’ readiness to take action against insect decline and (ii) to design and investigate options to raise citizens' abilities to preserve insects. To achieve these aims, a novel theoretical framework - Action Competence for Insect Preservation (ACIP) - will be developed in a first step. In a second step, this framework is used for developing novel quantitative and qualitative research instruments to investigate citizens' abilities to preserve insects and for designing innovative educational interventions to raise citizens’ ACIP. These interventions will include wildlife gardening and citizen science as core elements. In a third step, the effectiveness of these interventions will be assessed: For this assessment, the designed interventions will be implemented at compulsory schools in Karlstad (grade 7). The change of ACIP will be assessed in a pre-post-design with 500 students, comparing the intervention group with a control group using the new quantitative and qualitative instruments. Consequently, the proposed research project provides three important benefits: a) The new framework (ACIP) builds a foundation for the development of conservation initiatives addressing citizens effectively b) The new instruments make it possible to investigate citizens' abilities in preserving insects: This can be used to assess the effectiveness of initiatives focusing on insect preservation, which can boost the effectiveness of such iniatives by enabling targeted improvements. c) The designed interventions to foster citizens' ACIP will be made available on a large scale. Therefore, the project can contribute significantly to achieve global biodiversity and sustainability goals."

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Coordinator

KARLSTADS UNIVERSITET
Net EU contribution
€ 191 852,16
Address
Universitetsgatan 2
651 88 Karlstad
Sweden

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Region
Norra Sverige Norra Mellansverige Värmlands län
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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Other funding
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