Mining and its Environmental Impacts in the Process of Geographical Education in the Context of Sustainable Development


  • Lukáš Wittlinger Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Informatics, Constantine The Philosopher University in Nitra, Tr. A. Hlinku 1, 94901 Nitra, Slovakia
  • Lucia Petrikovičová Department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Regional Development, Faculty of Natual Sciences and Informatics, Constantine The Philosopher University in Nitra, Tr. A. Hlinku 1, 94901 Nitra, Slovakia
  • Lucia Spodniaková Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Informatics, Constantine The Philosopher University in Nitra, Tr. A. Hlinku 1, 94901 Nitra, Slovakia



environmental impacts of mining, training and education, fieldwork, project teaching, didactics of geography


Aim. The aim of the study is the proposal of didactic activities that can be used in the teaching process of the geography with possibilities of interdisciplinary penetration. Based on these activities, students can take a critical approach to solving problems of nature and landscape protection.

Methods. The teaching methods were adapted to the revised Bloom's taxonomy of goals, while mainly classical general didactic teaching methods were used: interpretation method, information-receptive method, heuristic method. Innovative methods included the EUR learning and thinking strategy, brainstorming and quickstorming..

Results. With the proposed activities, we point to the need to implement scientific knowledge into the teaching process because the content of geography also focuses on the links between the country and human society, using the example of mining.

Conclusion. Historic, but also contemporary places with a high intensity of mining, whether it is the mining of mineral raw materials or the production of wood, represent ideal model territories for complex geographical education with a high interdisciplinary character and the connection of interdisciplinary relations from other scientific disciplines. Therefore, the proposed activities are a suitable tool.


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Author Biographies

  • Lukáš Wittlinger, Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Informatics, Constantine The Philosopher University in Nitra, Tr. A. Hlinku 1, 94901 Nitra, Slovakia

    The author delves into research in the realm of complex physical geography, encompassing geographical analysis, synthesis, mapping, and assessment of the physical-geographical subsystem of the landscape. His particular focus lies in the biogeographical exploration of selected groups of plants and animals, with an emphasis on nature conservation, biodiversity, and the landscape. Currently, Lukáš serves as an internal Ph.D. student and as an teacher at a secondary school, where he engages in pedagogy for the gifted and talented, as well as the didactics of geography and biology. His research findings have been published in several proceedings and journals registered in the WOS and SCOPUS databases. The author is an integral part of multiple scientific teams actively addressing various national and international projects in the field of nature conservation and environmental protection (TRANSGREEN, ConnectGREEN, UGA, VEGA). His involvement underscores a commitment to shaping a sustainable future for our planet.

  • Lucia Petrikovičová, Department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Regional Development, Faculty of Natual Sciences and Informatics, Constantine The Philosopher University in Nitra, Tr. A. Hlinku 1, 94901 Nitra, Slovakia

    The author deals with mapping and evaluation of landscape structure and its changes using historical maps and orthophoto images, application of remote sensing results and the use of GIS, the impact of tourism on the landscape, as well as a new form of tourism - religious geography. She presented the results of her scientific activity at international conferences and internships and they are published in proceedings, publications in the WOS and Scopus databases. She is part of scientific teams in solving several projects (VEGA, KEGA, APVV, H2020-SPOT project focusing on cultural tourism, etc.). The result of her project activity are several publication outputs, especially in the form of scientific articles published and presented at conferences abroad and in scientific journals. The research focused mainly on the landscape and its changes in the area with a dispersed type of settlement with regard to the historical landscape structure, and she is also focused on tourism and its impact on the landscape as well as the study of religious tourism. Part of her scientific research growth was the completion of several study and lecture stays in Poland, Germany, Czechia, China, etc. Thanks to which she established working relationships, the cooperation of which was also reflected in the solution of international projects and joint publications.

  • Lucia Spodniaková, Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Informatics, Constantine The Philosopher University in Nitra, Tr. A. Hlinku 1, 94901 Nitra, Slovakia

    The author is a Ph.D. student in the field of environmental studies and also works as a geography teacher at a secondary school. Her doctoral thesis focuses on suburbanization in the Nitra district as a result of the Nitra North Industrial Park. She is part of the VEGA project, which focuses on Ecosystem Functions and Services in Spatial Planning. Additionally, she has participated in several study and lecture stays in Poland and the Czech Republic, contributing to her academic growth. The author serves as the president of the Student Parliament of the University of Constantine the Philosopher (hereinafter referred to as the SP UKF) in Nitra. The SP UKF represents a civic association with the main role and goal of advocating for and protecting the interests of UKF students. Its activities include collaboration with students, academic senates, and other organizations and bodies with similar focuses. The SP UKF is responsible for presenting students; demands, organizing various social, cultural, and sports events outside of school hours, and assisting in addressing the social and academic issues of students. Additionally, the author is interested in higher education, particularly focusing on the social affairs of students in the Slovak Republic, and serves as the vice-president of the Student Council of Higher Education Institutions of the Slovak Republic.


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How to Cite

Wittlinger, L., Petrikovičová, L., & Spodniaková, L. (2024). Mining and its Environmental Impacts in the Process of Geographical Education in the Context of Sustainable Development. Journal of Education Culture and Society, 15(1), 57-71.