Using Urban Green Spaces as an Extracurricular Educational Activities: Sample of Yıldız Technical University Davutpaşa Campus


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Hayır Kanat M., Khodayar M.

SURE Symposium- Urban ecology and urban ecosystem management 2023, İzmir, Turkey, 10 - 12 May 2023, pp.1-20

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: İzmir
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.1-20
  • Yıldız Technical University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

Abstract

Urban green spaces, where people can relax and socialize in their daily lives, come in various forms. Urban agricultural areas, urban forests, parks, gardens, roadsides, boulevards and many biological elements exist side by side or intertwined in these regions. Visiting these scenes of nature have a restorative effect on people’s psychology and can also be used as nature education areas for the big city residents who make up more than half of the world’s population. In National parks and city parks which are frequently visited by people in developed countries (especially in European countries) plant name plates which introduce the main elements of the flora and fauna of the region are displayed. For adults or children who come to these spots, the aforementioned informative name plates serve as training tools. As a result of this research the central point of Davutpaşa Campus, one of the Campuses of Yıldız Technical University, Orta Bahçe which has the features of a green oasis for the surrounding urban region, has been determined as a perfect spot for instructional trips. In the first stage, survey questionnaire was applied to measure the biodiversity awareness of university students using the middle garden. Then, as the application sample group, a game-based training was conducted with 10 middle school students and 10 university students to recognize the plants in the garden. The obtained results were analyzed with SPSS and Maxqda data analysis programs and the results were gathered.

Keywords: Urban Green Spaces, Ecological Area Awareness, Nature Education, Extracurricular educational Activities, Play