Edgewood Students Present at Research Seminar
Biological Sciences for Educators 420 students presented their work at a seminar presentation on the Edgewood campus as part of their Research and Service Learning module for this semester.
Lecturer Dr Angela James, said the students were engaged in developing knowledge and skills about researching and service-learning during the module.
‘They were also exposed to innovative, motivational learning actions where theme songs and YouTube videos were used for each term. They interacted on the Bio 420 Facebook page, ad created a rap song on service-learning and another on research. Students chose their placement sites and these included crèches, children’s homes, an old age home, the UKZN campus, primary schools, high schools and other non-governmental organisations,’ said James.
Topics ranged from an exploration of the development of a healthy lifestyle programme among female students at a UKZN campus to investigating the development of an environmental programme for children in a school at a township in Pinetown and exploring the physical and social activity of the elderly.
Mr Wilson Mzobe’s group looked at Investigating and developing an awareness of recycling practices among residence students at UKZN.
‘We want to change students’ thinking about recycling because they see it as the duty of the cleaners only. We want them to be equipped with relevant information about looking after the environment when they leave our residences for the workplace. We want them to know how recycling can benefit them and us as South Africans in terms of the economy as well as how recycling can contribute to the reduction of environmental issues such global warming,’ said Mzobe.
The findings of their research showed that some students were aware of recycling but lacked appropriate knowledge on how to recycle their household waste. ‘This allowed us to suggest and recommend various strategies that need to be implemented in our campus in order to improve their recycling practices such as using waste products like egg cartons to create sculptures.’
The seminar proved to be a success and was well attended.
- Melissa Mungroo