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20 October 2020 Microplastics in the Environment: Raising Awareness in Primary Education
Patricia Raab, Franz X. Bogner
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Microplastic pollution is an environmental threat with substantial effects on ecosystems. Persistence and ubiquity are the central causes of the problems microplastics generate, especially throughout water-based food webs. To limit microplastic pollution, accountability of individuals is needed, which requires reliable information for an individual to act accordingly. Knowledge about sources, contamination, fate, and effects of microplastic in the environment may be an essential element in enhancing students' motivation and sense of responsibility. Our module “Plastic Detectives – The Search for Plastic” offers consciousness-raising tasks that involve students in hands-on learning activities. Within student-centered activities, different tasks on sources in everyday life, sinks in aquatic ecosystems, effects on marine animals, and prevention strategies for microplastics are in focus. With an appropriate overview, students may be sufficiently enabled to ponder their purchase decisions and potentially limit microplastic pollution in everyday life.

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Patricia Raab and Franz X. Bogner "Microplastics in the Environment: Raising Awareness in Primary Education," The American Biology Teacher 82(7), 478-487, (20 October 2020).
Published: 20 October 2020

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environmental behavior
hands-on lesson
microplastic pollution
primary education
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