Education for Sustainable Development and Civil Engineering for Children: Interactive Model Case Study

Sam Jewers, Sarah Lumsden, Martin Crapper, Wendy French, Aileen Lothian, Ross Donald, David Hill, Alex Hall

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Abstract

This paper describes the further development of a previously reported interactive model developed to enhance the understanding of the concept of sustainable development (SD) and the role of civil engineers among school children. The earlier model and associated teaching materials for a lesson based around a river valley flooding problem for small groups of 6th grade pupils were modified and trialed with a larger group of 8th grade pupils. Subsequently a further lesson using the same model framework was developed based around groundwater contamination from landfill leachate. This was trialed with small groups of both 6th and 8th grade pupils. A competitive element in landfill liner design was introduced into the lessons. The model and lessons received praise and were shown to achieve their aims of teaching SD in a memorable and practical context and explaining something of civil engineering, though the smaller group lessons were found to be much more successful than the larger group lesson.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)165-174
JournalJournal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice
Volume136
Issue number3
Early online date12 Nov 2009
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2010

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