Leadership Instincts: Disappearance of Women researchers in Authorship during Pandemic  |  Technology Inceptions: MIT developed a New Successor for Mini Cheetah Robot  |  Science Innovations: IISc team develops novel computational model to predict ‘change blindness’  |  Science Innovations: Immune System Responds Better to Vaccination in Morning Hours  |  Teacher Insights: Training in Childhood Education, New Pedagogy Enabled Innovation in Teaching  |  International Policy: UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education 2021  |  Leadership Instincts: UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education 2021  |  Health Monitor: Intensive therapy better for Cerebral Palsy  |  Parent Interventions: Intensive therapy better for Cerebral Palsy  |  Science Innovations: Intensive therapy better for Cerebral Palsy  |  International Edu News: TutorComp- a new platform for online tutoring in UAE.  |  Higher Studies: IIT Hyderabad Announces 3 New Industry-Oriented BTech Programmes  |  Leadership Instincts: Innovation Hub of IIT Hyderabad and ARAI sign MoU for India Specific AV Tech  |  International Edu News: Nobel Peace Prize Laureates of 20th Century  |  International Edu News: Nobel Peace Prize 2021 for Safeguarding Freedom of Expression  |  
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