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Aquaponics as an educational tool

Aquaponics as an educational tool

Junge, Ranka, Bulc, Tjasa Griessler, Anseeuw, Dieter, Yildiz, Hijran Yavuzcan and Milliken, Sarah ORCID: 0000-0001-7151-8753 (2019) Aquaponics as an educational tool. In: Goddek, Simon, Joyce, Alyssa, Kotzen, Benz ORCID: 0000-0003-3522-0460 and Burnell, Gavin, (eds.) Aquaponic Food Production Systems: Combined Aquaculture and Hydroponic Food Production Technologies for the Future. Springer, Cham, Switzerland, pp. 561-595. ISBN 978-3030159429 (doi:

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This chapter provides an overview of possible strategies for implementing aquaponics in curricula at different levels of education, illustrated by case studies from different countries. Aquaponics can promote scientific literacy and provide a useful tool for teaching the natural sciences at all levels, from primary through to tertiary education. An aquaponics classroom model system can provide multiple ways of enriching classes in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), and the day-to-day maintenance of an aquaponics can also enable experiential learning. Aquaponics can thus become an enjoyable and effective way for learners to study STEM content, and can also be used for teaching subjects such as business and economics, and for addressing issues like sustainable development, environmental science, agriculture, food systems, and health. Using learner and teacher evaluations of the use of aquaponics at different educational levels, we attempt to answer the question of whether aquaponics fulfils its promise as an educational tool.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Aquaponics, Education, Aquaponics course, Vocational training, Higher education Survey
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2361 Curriculum
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > Architecture and Landscape Research and Enterprise
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Design (DSC)
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2020 22:18
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: GREAT 3
Selected for REF2021: REF 1

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