Entomologic perception by teachers and students in the municipality of Santa Cruz do Xingu, Mato Grosso, Brazil

Biotemas. 2009;22(2):153-159


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Journal Title: Biotemas

ISSN: 0103-1643 (Print); 2175-7925 (Online)

Publisher: Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina

LCC Subject Category: Science: Biology (General)

Country of publisher: Brazil

Language of fulltext: Spanish; Castilian, Portuguese, English

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Emanuel Maia
Fernando Hiroshi Aburaya
Milton de Sousa Costa
Anna Frida Hatsue Modro


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Time From Submission to Publication: 30 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

The objective of this work was to identify and interpret the entomologic perception of students and teachers living in the Santa Cruz do Xingu, Médio Araguaia region. Semistructured interviews were carried out in December 2006 with students and teachers of the basic and intermediate levels, as well as in Youth and Adult Education, in the municipality of Santa Cruz do Xingu, Mato Grosso. Of the living beings perceived as “insects” by all the interviewees, 82.75% belonged to the Insecta Class, but the rest belonged either to the Fungi Kingdom or to Classes of Animalia (Amphibia, Arachnida, Chilopoda, Diplopoda, Gastropoda, Mammalia and Reptilia). The “insects” were defined by the interviewees as small bugs, which were disgusting and dangerous. When in contact with the “insects”, 76% of the interviewees admitted that they killed them, and the greatest reason given for this was the psychological damage caused by the presence of these animals (65%). To 78% of those interviewed, the “insects” were beings without positive importance. Due to the scarce knowledge about their positive aspects, the perception of the “insects” by the students and teachers living in the Santa Cruz do Xingu region is mainly related to their belief in the negative qualities of these animals, causing aggressive reactions against them as soon as they are perceived in the environment.