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Poetry as a Creative Practice to Enhance Engagement and Learning in Conservation Science / Stephanie, Januchowski-Hartley

BioScience

Swansea University Author: Stephanie, Januchowski-Hartley

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DOI (Published version): 10.1093/biosci/biy105

Abstract

Creativity is crucial to the capacity to do science well, to communicate it in compelling ways, and to enhance learning. Creativity can be both practiced and enhanced to strengthen conservation science professionals’ efforts to address global environmental challenges. We explore how poetry is one cr...

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Published in: BioScience
ISSN: 0006-3568 1525-3244
Published: 2018
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa49187
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Abstract: Creativity is crucial to the capacity to do science well, to communicate it in compelling ways, and to enhance learning. Creativity can be both practiced and enhanced to strengthen conservation science professionals’ efforts to address global environmental challenges. We explore how poetry is one creative approach that can further conservation scientists’ engagement and learning. We draw on evidence from peer-reviewed literature to illustrate benefits of integrating science and poetry, and to ground our argument for the growth of a science-poetry community to help conservation scientists develop skills in creative practices as a component of professional development. We present examples from literature as well as two short poetry exercises for scientists to draw on when considering writing poetry, or deciding on forms of poetry to include, in their practice. Opportunity exists to grow science–poetry projects to further our understanding of what such initiatives can offer.
College: College of Science