Models for teaching sustainable development to children

Crapper, Martin, Donald, R., Hill, D., Hall, A. and French, W. (2008) Models for teaching sustainable development to children. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Engineering Sustainability, 161 (4). pp. 229-236. ISSN 1478-4629

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1680/ensu.2008.161.4.229

Abstract

Two models were constructed for use in primary schools to help educate children on the meaning of sustainable development, and more generally on the role of civil engineers. The models shared the same basic structure. One consisted of a river valley, where undeveloped and developed land could be set up and the effects of flooding due to rainfall and river flows investigated. Various types of flood protection could be examined and the effects discussed. The second model allowed a hydropower scheme, with a dam and turbines, to be installed in the river valley. The flow, head and power generated could be varied and the effect on various stakeholders discussed. Both models were accompanied by detailed lesson plans. The models were tested on pupils aged 10 and 11 years from a local primary school. Feedback was good and it was found that in almost all cases the models and associated lessons had improved the children's understanding of sustainable development and the role of civil engineers.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: education & training; sustainability
Subjects: H200 Civil Engineering
X900 Others in Education
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mechanical and Construction Engineering
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2016 15:27
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2016 15:27
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/27043

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