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Document type
Journal articles

Document subtype
Full paper

Title
evALLution: making basic evolution concepts accessible to people with visual impairment through a multisensory tree of life

Participants in the publication
Telma G. Laurentino (Author)
Marisa Xavier (Author)
Fabrizia Ronco (Author)
Francisco Pina-Martins (Author)
Dep. Biologia Animal
CE3C - Centro de Ecologia, Evolução e Alterações Ambientais
Iolanda Domingues (Author)
Bruno Penha (Author)
Marta Dias (Author)
Alexandra de Sousa (Author)
Tiago Carrilho (Author)
Leonor R. Rodrigues (Author)
Carlota Pinheiro (Author)
Daniela Rato (Author)
Duarte Balata (Author)
Gonçalo Ayala-Botto (Author)
Margarida Matos (Author)
Dep. Biologia Animal
CE3C - Centro de Ecologia, Evolução e Alterações Ambientais
Maria Campelo (Author)
Rafael Botelho (Author)

Scope
International

Refereeing
Yes

Summary
Background People with visual impairment have benefitted from recent developments of assistive technology that aim to decrease socio-economic inequality. However, access to post-secondary education is still extremelly challenging, especially for scientific areas. The under representation of people with visual impairment in the evolution research community is connected with the vision-based communication of evolutionary biology knowledge and the accompanying lack of multisensory alternatives for learning. Results Here, we describe the development of an inclusive outreach activity based on a multisensory phylogeny representing 20 taxonomic groups. We provide a tool kit of materials and ideas that allow both the replication of this activity and the adaptation of others, to include people with visual impairment. Furthermore, we provide activity evaluation data, a discussion of the lessons learned and an inclusive description of all figures and visual data presented. The presented baseline data show that people with visual impairment indeed have lack of access to education but are interested in and apt to understand evolutionary biology concepts and predict evolutionary change when education is inclusive. Conclusions We show that, with creative investment, basic evolutionary knowledge is perfectly possible to be transmitted through multisensory activities, which everyone can benefit from. Ultimately, we hope this case study will provide a baseline for future initiatives and a more inclusive outreach community.

Date of Publication
2021-03-11

Institution
FACULDADE DE CIÊNCIAS DA UNIVERSIDADE DE LISBOA

Where published
Evolution: Education and Outreach

Publication Identifiers
ISSN - 1936-6426

Publisher
Springer Science and Business Media LLC

Volume
14
Number
1

Document Identifiers
DOI - https://doi.org/10.1186/s12052-021-00143-1
URL - http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12052-021-00143-1

Rankings
CITESCORE (until 2019) (2019) - 2.0
SCIMAGO Q1 (2020) - 0.857 - Education; Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics


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APA
Telma G. Laurentino, Marisa Xavier, Fabrizia Ronco, Francisco Pina-Martins, Iolanda Domingues, Bruno Penha, Marta Dias, Alexandra de Sousa, Tiago Carrilho, Leonor R. Rodrigues, Carlota Pinheiro, Daniela Rato, Duarte Balata, Gonçalo Ayala-Botto, Margarida Matos, Maria Campelo, Rafael Botelho, (2021). evALLution: making basic evolution concepts accessible to people with visual impairment through a multisensory tree of life. Evolution: Education and Outreach, 14, ISSN 1936-6426. eISSN . http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12052-021-00143-1

IEEE
Telma G. Laurentino, Marisa Xavier, Fabrizia Ronco, Francisco Pina-Martins, Iolanda Domingues, Bruno Penha, Marta Dias, Alexandra de Sousa, Tiago Carrilho, Leonor R. Rodrigues, Carlota Pinheiro, Daniela Rato, Duarte Balata, Gonçalo Ayala-Botto, Margarida Matos, Maria Campelo, Rafael Botelho, "evALLution: making basic evolution concepts accessible to people with visual impairment through a multisensory tree of life" in Evolution: Education and Outreach, vol. 14, 2021. 10.1186/s12052-021-00143-1

BIBTEX
@article{50294, author = {Telma G. Laurentino and Marisa Xavier and Fabrizia Ronco and Francisco Pina-Martins and Iolanda Domingues and Bruno Penha and Marta Dias and Alexandra de Sousa and Tiago Carrilho and Leonor R. Rodrigues and Carlota Pinheiro and Daniela Rato and Duarte Balata and Gonçalo Ayala-Botto and Margarida Matos and Maria Campelo and Rafael Botelho}, title = {evALLution: making basic evolution concepts accessible to people with visual impairment through a multisensory tree of life}, journal = {Evolution: Education and Outreach}, year = 2021, volume = 14 }