The effect of insect workshop on students' insect intrinsic motivation

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Mirici S., Koca F. N.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION (IJCI), vol.14, no.3, pp.2979-3003, 2022 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 14 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Journal Indexes: ERIC (Education Resources Information Center), MLA - Modern Language Association Database, Directory of Open Access Journals
  • Page Numbers: pp.2979-3003
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes


It is noted that insects (insecta), which constitute an important group of invertebrate animals, can be used in
the field of environmental education.
It is also thought that the
use of insects in the classroom in the field of
environmental education will have a positive effect on the insect intrinsic motivations (BİM) of the
In the study, within the scope of environmental education, the effect of insect workshop made
Tenebrio molitor
L. epoxy metamorphosis material on insect intrinsic motivations of students was
In addition, the opinions
of the students about
Tenebrio molitor
L. epoxy metamorphosis
material and insect workshop were determined.
In the st
udy, case study was used from qualitative research
Within the scope of the research, a semi
structured interview form and observation form were used
and the qualitative data obtained were evaluated by using the content analysis method.
The researc
h was
conducted in the spring semester of the 2020
2021 academic year with a total of 10 volunteer students, three
boys and seven girls, who were studying in the 8th grade of a primary school in Ankara, Turkey.
In the
research, an insect workshop prepared
with epoxy metamorphosis materials showing the developmental
stages of
Tenebrio molitor
was made.
Although students have negative feelings towards insects, when they
receive training about insects, it is understood that they are interested in insects, c
urious about them, want
to learn and show interest in insect activities.
It was also determined that although the students experienced
disgust or fear towards insects, they wanted to make another insect material similar to the epoxy method.
shows that w
ith similar insect workshops, the fear of insects can be reduced or even eliminated in some
It has been determined that the insect workshop has a positive effect on the intrinsic motivation of
the majority of the students.
It is also understood t
hat in the fears of insects that students have, their
families and environment have a significant influence.
In the research, it was seen that everyone in the
families of the students who reacted most negatively experienced insect fear.
From this, it is un
derstood that
the negative thoughts that students have against insects are actually due to their environment and it is
thought that insect education should be given to adults.
Environmental education,
insect education, metamorphosis,
Tenebrio mol
L., epoxy