Seeking research on bee phobia | NAAEE
eePRO

The hub for environmental education professional development

Seeking research on bee phobia

We have pollinator gardens and habitat programs at my Chicago elementary school, but I often hit a stumbling block: There's a significant number of students who are bee adverse. These are not kids with sting allergies; rather, they're students who have been taught (often unintentionally by caregivers) to scream, cry, and run away upon simply seeing a bee. I'd estimate that 1 in 6 students shows this aversion. Obviously, it hampers their learning, but it often hamstrings group projects as well.

Have you see any research on how best to work with these students?

I have also posted this query to the early childhood group. My school serves highly diverse students ages 3-14.