Sun exposure, shade and vitamin D: a practical activity for the Australian climate and curriculum

Turnbull, David and Parisi, Alfio and Downs, Nathan (2010) Sun exposure, shade and vitamin D: a practical activity for the Australian climate and curriculum. Teaching Science: The Journal of the Australian Science Teachers Association, 56 (3). pp. 43-45. ISSN 1449-6313

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Australia has one of the highest rates of incidence and mortality due to skin cancer in the world. Exposure to the sun also has a beneficial side. The beneficial effects are relatively low, but they are essential to a person's well being. It is well known that exposure to small amounts of UV are beneficial for the human body and important in the production of vitamin D3. This investigation will give students the opportunity to measure erythemal UV radiation in full sun and in the shade to determine how this can be potentially beneficial. An important outcome of this investigation will be to illustrate that some exposure to sunlight is necessary for ling-term human health.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Deposited with blanket permission of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Biological and Physical Sciences
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2010 13:01
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 00:02
Uncontrolled Keywords: vitamin D; erythema; UV; shade; sun exposure; practical activity
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111705 Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
04 Earth Sciences > 0401 Atmospheric Sciences > 040103 Atmospheric Radiation
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9303 Curriculum > 930302 Syllabus and Curriculum Development

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