New horizons for profiling soil science in schools

Lynette Abbott, B. Fitzpatrick, Jan Dook, J. Gull, H. Billiald

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A key objective of this soil science education initiative is to enable teaching and learning experiences related to soil science to become embedded in school curricula. This initiative is composed of a targeted curriculum resource (SPICE Soil Science) and the Monitoring Soil Science Project. The program includes a teaching resource that directly relates to science curricula using the context of soil, supporting procedural material for teachers, allocation of soil scientists as school mentors, a dedicated website and a reference suite of soil analyses for each school. The keys to the sustainability of the project are the soil-related science curricula, support for teachers, and the website. The project provides an opportunity for school children, their teachers and parents to engage in activities that raise awareness of soil, first as a habitat for small animals and microbes and later as a significant global resource. It opens windows to the public about the importance of soil and creates a novel learning environment that is relevant to chemistry, physics, biology, geography and the earth sciences. It creates an awareness of ‘dirt’
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSoil Solutions for a Changing World
Subtitle of host publicationproceedings
EditorsR. Gilkes, N. Prakongkep
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherInternational Union of Soil Sciences
EditionBrisbane, Australia
ISBN (Print)9780646537832
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Event19th World Congress of Soil Science: Soil solutions for a changing world - Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 1 Aug 20106 Aug 2010


Conference19th World Congress of Soil Science


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