Technology Inceptions: Powerful Robots Helps in Faster Detection of Bridge Defects  |  Teacher Insights: Are you susceptible to persuasion?   |  Science Innovations: Mushrooms to help fight TB  |  Management lessons: How to Create Cool Brands and Stay Cool  |  Health Monitor: Honey Helps Increase Testosterone Levels in Males  |  Parent Interventions: Women Oncologists Skip Scientific Conference to Take Care of Children  |  Career News: Chinmaya University-CPPR Announce MA in Public Policy and Governance Course  |  Parent Interventions: Electrical zap to retrieve memory  |  Science Innovations: Laura Kreidberg: Trying to Spot the First Sign of Life Outside Earth  |  Parent Interventions: Don't Let Children Drink Too Much Juice, Sugar Water With Little Nutrients  |  Technology Inceptions: Low-Cost Tissue Freezing Device to Help In Breast Cancer Treatment  |  Science Innovations: Exomoons May Become Quasi-planets  |  Science Innovations: Blue Tongue Lizard Babies As Clever as Adults  |  Parent Interventions: Quality Sleep for Teen Health   |  Technology Inceptions: MIT Develops Artificial 'Muscles' Based on Fibers  |  
  • Pallikkutam Magazine
  • Companion Magazine
  • Mentor
  • Smart Board
  • Pallikkutam Publications

March 27, 2019 Wednesday 09:10:55 AM IST

Insects Vanishing from Science Textbooks

Teacher Insights

A new study report in American Entomologist stated that representation of insects in science text books is declining and replaced by vertebrates.

Insects play an important part in the human food chain and also contribute to spreading of disease. Researchers of North Carolina University who analysed 88 introductory text books in biology for the period 1907 to 2016 found that mention of insects is declining. A science text book of the early 1900s had mention of insects in 32.6 pages on an average. But text books published in 2000-16 period had only an average of 5.67 pages devoted to insects. Illustrations or other visuals of insects have also declined.

Several reasons are attributed to decline in insect representation including increased focus on cell biology and genetics, insects being portrayed as tormentors rather than friendly species apart from decline in curiosity of children for the natural world.


Source: https://academic.oup.com/ae/article/64/4/252/5232713?searchresult=1

Comments