Author(s): Çetin Palta1, Durmuş Ali Çarkaci2, Zeliha Üstün Argon3, Erdal Gönülal4
  • 1. NEU, Biosystem Engineering, Eregli, Konya
  • 2. KMU, Technical Sciences Vocational Colloge School, Karaman
  • 3. NEÜ, Biosystem Engineering, Eregli, Konya
  • 4. Konya Soil, Water and Deserting Control Research Institute

Abstract: Soil erosion is one of the most important environmental disasters that come from the past and make us feel more effect today. In our region, the bitter experiences experienced in the past must be conveyed in a way to the new generation and the truths must come to life. The aim of this project is to provide the students with the information about the damage and the ways of fighting in the Karapınar region. In addition to demonstrating the damage caused by erosion, the success achieved by applying alternative combat and sustainable land methods has been seen and examined at the place of success. The project was supported by the Tübitak 4004 Nature Education and Science Schools support program. As a target audience, Necmettin Erbakan University, Ereğli Faculty of Education in three departments (Elementary Mathematics, Turkish and PDR departments) are continuing their second year of undergraduate students. With this project, the awareness levels of the students about the environment and raising awareness about the environment have been tried to increase. In addition to the education received by the Faculty of Education students, they tried to prepare new ideas for the sustainable environment. At the same time, the students of the Faculty of Education will be the future prospective teachers, and the raising of awareness about the environmental issues concerning our present and future will make it possible to raise awareness of the new generations they will grow in the future. Within the scope of the project, students were informed theoretically in groups. It was taken to Karapınar Desertification and Erosion Research Center, which is a natural museum and laboratory, and the theoretical information, was given to the students in a comprehensive manner. In addition, information about sustainable land management projects, proper irrigation techniques and soil structure can be realized in the region. Brainstorming and workshops during the activities and alternative solutions for the problems in the agenda were tried to be produced by the students. The questionnaire applied to the participants before and after the project was evaluated and the changes in the levels of consciousness were evaluated.