The senses and survival: Using a sensory homunculus to stimulate an exploration of adaptation
UNSPECIFIED. (1996) The senses and survival: Using a sensory homunculus to stimulate an exploration of adaptation. JOURNAL OF BIOLOGICAL EDUCATION, 30 (1). pp. 46-50. ISSN 0021-9266Full text not available from this repository.
Twelve-to-thirteen-year-old children were shown a two dimensional sensory homunculus and asked to speculate on its scientific significance: their ideas are presented. Having established that it represents the proportions of the brain's sensory cortex receiving input from the body's surface, they were asked to choose another animal whose external appearance could be reinterpreted using the some principle. After carrying out background reading on a species of their choice, children were able to draw conclusions about the animal's requirements for survival and its adaptations. Through a process of revision and refinement, aided by smell group discussions, the children drew their own 'sensory animals'. The merits and pitfalls of the technique ore considered and discussed. It is recommended as a method for encouraging children to consider the sensory adaptations shown by other species.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
|Journal or Publication Title:||JOURNAL OF BIOLOGICAL EDUCATION|
|Number of Pages:||5|
|Page Range:||pp. 46-50|
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