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  • Integrating soil science into primary school curricula: students promote soil science education with Dig It! The Secrets of Soil.

    Author(s) : Margenot, A. J.Alldritt, K.Southard, S.O'Geen, A.

    Author Affiliation : Dep. of Land, Air & Water Resources, Univ. of California-Davis, 1 Shields Ave., Davis, CA 95616, USA.

    Author Email : ajmargenot@ucdavis.edu

    Journal article : Soil Science Society of America Journal 2016 Vol.80 No.4 pp.831-838

    Abstract : Principles of soil sciencesoil scienceSubject Category: Disciplines, Occupations and Industries
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    are highly complementary with subjects required by state and national standards and offer an opportunity to integrate science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) educationeducationSubject Category: Disciplines, Occupations and Industries
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    and non-STEM subjects, such as history and anthropology. However, soil science is often absent from primary education curricula. This is a missed opportunity for both primary education and the soil science community. We integrated soil science into primary education using the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) traveling soil science exhibit Dig It! The Secrets of Soil. This effort was unique in that primary school educators, The CaliforniacaliforniaSubject Category: Geographic Entities
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    Museum staff, SSSA, and University of California-Davis graduate students worked to make the exhibit into an external classroom for Grades 2 through 7. The goal was to raise awareness and knowledge of soils and their importance to society and to offer example career opportunities in soil science. Grade-specific presentations and activity-based workshops were designed to address California curricula standards. These efforts identified several gaps and opportunities in soil science outreach to primary education. Participatory and observational activities were critical for conveying concepts across all educational grades. Curricula standards represented a potential constraint and corresponding entry point to facilitate the incorporationincorporationSubject Category: Techniques, Methodologies and Equipment
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    of soil science into primary education. Our experience demonstrates the ongoing impactimpactSubject Category: Properties
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    of Dig it! The Secrets of Soil, and illustrates the potential of collaboration between academic institutionsinstitutionsSubject Category: Institutions and Organisations
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    like UC-Davis and SSSA to improve soil science education.

    ISSN : 0361-5995

    DOI : 10.2136/sssaj2016.03.0056

    Record Number : 20163307890

    Publisher : Soil Science Society of America Inc.

    Location of publication : Madison

    Country of publication : USA

    Language of text : English

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    Descriptor(s) : cooperationcooperationSubject Category: Miscellaneous
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    , curriculumcurriculumSubject Category: Miscellaneous
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    , educationeducationSubject Category: Disciplines, Occupations and Industries
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    , effectseffectsSubject Category: Properties
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    , impactimpactSubject Category: Properties
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    , incorporationincorporationSubject Category: Techniques, Methodologies and Equipment
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    , institutionsinstitutionsSubject Category: Institutions and Organisations
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    , public relationspublic relationsSubject Category: Miscellaneous
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    , soilsoilSubject Category: Miscellaneous
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    , soil sciencesoil scienceSubject Category: Disciplines, Occupations and Industries
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    Identifier(s) : outreach, propaganda, United States of America

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