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Abstract

Knowledge of the water buffalo Bubalus bubalis (Linnaeus, 1758), as an Invasive Exotic Species in high schools.

Abstract

The Research, proposes, through a system of workshops, to link the 8th grade schoolchildren of Secondary Education of the "José Martí" school located in the town of Sagua la Grande in the province of Villa Clara, Cuba, to the knowledge of the Invasive Exotic Species (IES) and their undesirable effects on vulnerable Cuban ecosystems and human health, and in particular the species Bubalus bubalis (Linnaeus, 1758), water buffalo. For the effective development of this research, theoretical and empirical methods are used to address the multilateral study of the research object. The investigation represents a novel way of appropriating new knowledge about B. bubalis on the part of the 8th grade students who study at said school. It was found that the students have little knowledge about the water buffalo as an invasive species or of its undesirable effects. To mitigate the difficulties detected, the workshop system was developed, which used criteria developed by experts. The implementation of the workshops confirmed the progress made by the students in the knowledge of the water buffalo, as an Invasive species.