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Acta Botanica Brasilica

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LEITAO FILHO, Hermógenes de F et al. Structure of taxonomy field course: the model applied at Ubatuba-São Paulo. Acta Bot. Bras. [online]. 1997, vol.11, n.1, pp.31-39. ISSN 0102-3306.

The field activities are essential for the education of a good taxonomist. The most common problems found in field activities are: a) large number of students, b) heterogeneous educational background and unlevelled knowledge of the participants, c) repetitions and tendency of collecting the more evidents life-forms. The causes and consequences of such problems are discussed herein. The proposed solution is a methodology, based on many years of experience in field courses for undergraduate and graduate courses. Topics about the ideal number of participants, area of coverage, period of activity, division of work and the necessary material and equipment are discussed. According to the number of species collected at the same place, this methodology may result in a list of local species with precise information about the life-forms, habitat, common names, frequency, uses, phenology and further information in this kind of work. The results of the aplication of this metodology in a field course held in the region of Ubatuba-SP are presented.

Keywords : taxonomy; floristic; teaching; didactic proposition.

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