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EVALUATION OF THE LEVEL OF KNOWLEDGE IN PEDOLOGY OF THE CONCLUDING STUDENTS OF THE AGRONOMY DEGREE OF THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF SANTA CRUZ

C4.4.2 - Soil education and public perception of soils

Maíra do Carmo Neves1; Aline Roma Tomaz1; Amanda Dias dos Reis1; Ana Maria S. S. Moreau1

Universidade Estadual de Santa Cruz1

Keywords: Soil education; Pedology; Agronomy;  

EVALUATION OF THE LEVEL OF KNOWLEDGE IN PEDOLOGY OF THE CONCLUDING STUDENTS OF THE AGRONOMY DEGREE OF THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF SANTA CRUZ

Maíra do Carmo Neves1; Aline Roma Tomaz1; Amanda Dias dos Reis1; Ana Maria S. S. Moreau1

Universidade Estadual de Santa Cruz1

Bachelor's degrees in Agronomy or Agronomic Engineering must qualify their graduates so that they can make a reasonable and rational use of the resources available, with respect to the environment, promoting a balance between the production of food and the use of these resources. Within the curriculum frameworks of these degrees, the study of Soil Science comprehends a set of subjects that represent fundamental importance for the formation of the students, seeking to demonstrate the usefulness of the soil and its relationship with man. Pedology is understood as a branch of soil science that deals with studies related to different contents and is based on multidisciplinarity, studying the soil in its natural environment, and its interaction with the environment. The syllabus aims on the training of professionals with the potential to conceptualize soil in the pedological vision, identifying its different components and interpreting its diagnostic attributes; explaining how each factor and process contribute to the formation of soils in different environments, classifying them according to the Brazilian Soil Classification System (Embrapa, 2013) for environmental and agricultural planning and use. Therefore, this research aimed to evaluate the importance and the level of knowledge in Pedology of students graduated in Agronomy of the State University of Santa Cruz. Data were collected through the application of a questionnaire, composed of ten objective questions, to 10 students, which addressed the importance and application of several concepts related to Pedology. This is a quantitative approach, with a descriptive character, with the main objective, according to the literature, describing the characteristics of a given population. The analysis of the answers showed that 100% of the students consider Pedology knowledge important for their academic formation. Amongst these, 83% can identify the inherent aspects of soil formation factors, but 50% have difficulties in differentiating formation processes and diagnostic horizons, which may complicate soil management activities. Despite this, 100% of the students have high knowledge about the environmental problems resulting from the inadequate management. With this, we can conclude that the students have a small perception about the different diagnostic horizons of the soil, and that Pedology constitutes an important subject for the Agronomy degree.

Keywords: Keywords: Soil education; Pedology; Agronomy;  

Financial Support: UESC; FNDE

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