British Columbia Mine Reclamation Symposium

Using music to teach mine reclamation Veiga, Marcello M. (Marcello Mariz); Shandro, Janis; Scoble, M. J.


This paper describes a new approach in teaching mine reclamation to mining engineering students. It aims to develop a more effective way to foster a full understanding of reclamation issues and commitment to best practices amongst our mining industry's next generation of leaders. The paper describes motivational and attitudinal challenges experienced in teaching mine reclamation. A new relationship can be established between an instructor and a class using a musical or entertaining approach. This can very effectively start to build foundations for dealing with what for many students is a new paradigm of environmental stewardship and social responsibility. Survey responses from fifty students enrolled in a University of British Columbia course, Mining and the Environment (MINE 391), along with observations of educators involved in delivery of this course, indicate incorporation of music in this setting significantly enhanced the exploration of lecture topics and the learning environment. Student responses also indicate future use of music should be included as a teaching strategy, and overall, the incorporation of composing music in the classroom setting has been strongly recommended. This paper highlights specific musical teaching strategies used to assist in delivery of topics related to environmental and social impacts associated with mining reclamation.

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