Biocontrol of Insect Pests in the Rice Field: A Learning Unit about Environmental Problems for Secondary School Students

By Kanrawee Pewnim, Watcharee Ketpichainarong, Bhinyo Panijpan and Pintip Ruenwongsa.

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We report here a study employing the STS approach for developing a learning unit on biocontrol for secondary school students to enhance their understanding of the impact of pesticides, their knowledge of biocontrol of insect pests, and their attitude toward the environment. We focused on the analysis of the impact of pesticides and the success of insect pest biocontrol by the cooperative effort of students, school teachers, local sages, and agriculturists. The students not only learned about the insect pests and other natural enemies of plants in the rice fields, they also learned from the laboratory and local experts. Five instruments were used to assess students’ achievement in terms of knowledge and attitude: pretest and posttest, concept map, questionnaire, semi-structured interview, and classroom observation. The results showed a significant enhancement in students’ knowledge and understanding of pesticides, insect pests and enemies of plants, and biological control. Students also became more aware and friendly toward the environment.

Keywords: Biocontrol, Environmental Problem, Insect Pests, Pesticides, STS Approach

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 18, Issue 2, pp.219-234. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 818.365KB).

Kanrawee Pewnim

Teacher, Mahidol University, Thailand

Kanrawee Pewnim holds a Ph.D. in Science and Technology Education. Now she is a teacher in secondary school in central part of Thailand.

Dr. Watcharee Ketpichainarong

Mahidol University, Thailand

Watcharee Ketpichainarong holds a Ph.D. in Science and Technology Education. She is a lecturer at the Institute for Innovative Learning, Mahidol University.

Bhinyo Panijpan

Mahidol University, Thailand

Bhinyo Panijpan holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Biophysics. His current research activities a program to support the education reform in Thailand with concrete examples on enhancement of profound and durable learning, creativity and communication skills in Thai students at all levels of ability and innovative research and development projects on science education.

Pintip Ruenwongsa

Mahidol University, Thailand

Pintip Ruenwongsa holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry. She was a Chairman Ph.D and Msc. Program on Science and Technology Education (2004 -2010). Her research interest is to develop teaching/learning models, small apparatuses, interactive CDs with local relevance to enhance knowledge, skills, self- study and lifelong learning of junior high and high school students as well as teachers.

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