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Chapter 22 Aquaponics as an Educational Tool

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Ranka Junge, Tjasa Griessler Bulc, Dieter Anseeuw, Hijran Yavuzcan Yildiz, and Sarah Milliken

Abstract 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.

Keywords Aquaponics · Education · Aquaponics course · Vocational training · Higher education · Survey


R. Junge

Institute of Natural Resource Sciences Grüenta, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Wädenswil, Switzerland

T. G. Bulc

Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia

D. Anseeuw

Inagro, Roeselare, Belgium

H. Yavuzcan Yildiz

Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Ankara University, Ankara, Turkey

S. Milliken

School of Design, University of Greenwich, London, UK

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