Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Title: Lessons Learnt: Sharing Soil Knowledge to Improve Land Management and Sustainable Soil Use
Contributor(s): Lobry De Bruyn, Lisa  (author)orcid ; Jenkins, Abigail (author); Samson-Liebig, Susan (author)
Publication Date: 2017
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.2136/sssaj2016.12.0403Open Access Link
Handle Link:
Abstract: Our aim was to examine the challenges and opportunities to soil knowledge sharing in the 21st Century. Soil can only be effectively managed if we are better connected to it by being well-informed and with appropriate support. A central observation has been the diminishing human capital and capacity in the sectors of higher education, training and outreach, and the ramifications for knowledge sharing between the various groups: educators, policymakers, researchers, outreach agents and practitioners (including the public). We encourage a movement away from a linear learning model to a socially constructivist learning approach to address the consequences of declining resources, including: a loss of legacy soil information, moribund social networks, loss of experienced outreach staff, and finally a loss of expertise in soil science to prepare graduates for the workplace with improved soil knowledge and practical experiences. Blurring the lines between knowledge generator and user will encourage solutions for the sustainable use of soil from outside traditional knowledge-holders. We suggest the solution, to a shrinking on-the-ground presence, is to invest in relationships and social networks to foster understanding of soil-building practices and achieve wider adoption of technologies. We need to balance placing information in a digital environment with providing opportunities for sharing information via interpersonal interactions, over a sustained period. This opinion piece reflects on how soil education, training and outreach can form a genuine partnership between those with experience and those with expertise to create a dynamic learning environment with a high probability of ensuring a more sustainably managed landscape.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Soil Science Society of America Journal, 81(3), p. 427-438
Publisher: Soil Science Society of America
Place of Publication: United States of America
ISSN: 0361-5995
Field of Research (FOR): 050399 Soil Sciences not elsewhere classified
050302 Land Capability and Soil Degradation
050203 Environmental Education and Extension
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): 960904 Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Land Management
961402 Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Soils
970105 Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
Statistics to Oct 2018: Visitors: 23
Views: 56
Downloads: 0
Appears in Collections:Journal Article
School of Environmental and Rural Science

Files in This Item:
2 files
File Description SizeFormat 
Show full item record


checked on Nov 26, 2018

Page view(s)

checked on Feb 19, 2019
Google Media

Google ScholarTM



Items in Research UNE are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.