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Understanding water resources through a high school-university cooperative project development

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  21st Century Watershed Technology: Improving Water Quality and Environment Conference Proceedings, 29 March - 3 April 2008, Concepcion, Chile  701P0208cd.(doi:10.13031/2013.24301)
Authors:   Marcelo S Míguez, Cecile M Du Mortier, Mariana Vaccaro, María Inés Morando, Alicia Fernández Cirelli
Keywords:   Keywords: cooperative project, agrotechnical schools, curricula complementation, environmental education, voluntary students

Abstract: Youth needs to play a leading role in the protection of water resources. As members of a school class, a family or a community, they have the power to promote changes and to motorize activities to ensure the health of water sources. High school education in Argentina shows gaps in existing curricula that need to be addressed in order to complete the understanding that water is a limited resource that needs correct practices of exploitation and use. Facing cooperative activities between universities and high schools can help to establish links in order to overcome these gaps. We developed a cooperative experience between teachers/researchers that carry on projects related with water in our University, and agrotechnical schools from the Province of Buenos Aires. Our activities were designed to complement existing curricula rather than displace or add more concepts. Water-related concepts can be applied in almost any field of study. By recognizing these connections, High School and University teachers could design a program of activities to accomplish our objectives. This strategy permitted to link different levels of education, producing results that could only be achieved because we faced water issues as complex systems. Projects are not ended. Complementary ideas have come up to continue cooperation. Recently, a project was initiated by the School of Veterinarian Sciences of the University of Buenos Aires together with the Agrotechnical High School from Navarro, Province of Buenos Aires. This work is based on the voluntary participation of students of the University of Buenos Aires in the understanding that their participation will be the factor that guarantees the sustainability of the project.

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