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ERIC Number: ED235046
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Pages: 34
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Soap. Third World Science.
Jones, Natalie; Hughes, Wyn
This unit, developed by the Third World Science Project, is designed to add a multicultural element to existing science syllabi (for students aged 11-16) in the United Kingdom. The project seeks to develop an appreciation of the: boundless fascination of the natural world; knowledge, skills, and expertise possessed by men/women everywhere; application of knowledge and skills to solve the practical problems of everyday life; impact of modern technology in the world; and the influence of the cultural background on the perception of knowledge, problems, and solutions. The unit begins with a brief history of soap-making in Britain and the small-scale preparation of soap in Third World countries using local knowledge, skills, and materials. This is followed by: (1) experiments related to soap-making practices by Ghanian villagers and the chemistry of banana ashes; (2) discussions of applying science to industry in Ghana soap-making (considering acids/bases/salts, sodium/potassium soaps, caustic soda manufacturing, and electrolysis of brine) and the general theory of soap-making (focusing on raw materials, equipment, soap manufacturing processes, and packaging); and (3) a brief description of how palm-oil can be obtained from the pericarp of the oil-palm fruit and its use in village soap industry. (JN)
Centre for World Development Education, 128 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 9SH England.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: Training Services Agency, London (England).
Authoring Institution: University Coll. of North Wales, Bangor (United Kingdom). School of Education.
Identifiers: Soaps; Third World Science Project; United Kingdom