2017 Volume 4 Issue 2 Pages 29-37
In order to convey information on new endemic species, a scientist gave a lecture to elementary school children. In the study, the additional effects of the lecture on the local community were assessed through a questionnaire, which was administered to the children's guardians. In the lecture, the characteristics of the species and molluscan fauna in the region were described. According to the results of the questionnaire, close to 90% of guardians heard about the lecture from the children, which is higher than the recognition gained from news reports about the findings on the species. The children positively informed their guardians of the visual characteristics they had observed, which were not limited to details presented in the lecture. The guardians' impressions were categorized into four types: (1) the impression of the species, (2) thoughts on their children; (3) wishes, such as for others to know about the species, and (4) motives to gain a better understanding of the species. The multiple choices showed that the last category had a general trend, indicating that when a scientist explains a species for children, the guardians might perceive it as valuable through the children. In addition, nearly half of the guardians said they talked about the species to others afterward. The lecture is considered to be effective for producing a relationship between local residents and endemic species.