Many students (and people of all ages for that matter) walk around with a limited appreciation of the diversity of life. Do a quick survey of the diversity of the animals on the minds of the general public. On a blank sheet of paper, ask any three adults (18 & up) to write down the first ten animal species that come to mind.
Return to this discussion forum and list the ten species given for each of your three respondents. Do not use names when sharing data as this goes against basic research methods & ethics. Simply list the results as:
animal name one (phylum or class it belongs to)
animal name two (phylum or class)
animal name three (phylum or class)
animal name... (and so on to ten)
Then do the same for respondent #2, and then for #3. Finally, look through the results of your classmates and draw some general conclusions as to the knowledge of animal diversity the general public walks around with on a day to day basis. What does this little survey suggest to your about the biological schema of the average person? Is this a bad thing? A good thing? What does this make you think of?