This module presents a series of activities
which introduce the nature, scope and purpose of coastal and marine studies.
The module shows that an environmental education perspective in teaching
about coastal and marine questions, issues and problems can play a very
important role in promoting the knowledge, values and skills that can
help create sustainable environments for all organisms.
Note to Facilitators:
This module introduces many of the key themes in the series
of professional development modules designed to enhance the interest,
knowledge and skills of teachers in coastal and marine studies. It is
advisable that this module, or at least extracts from it, be presented
first as it provides an important introduction to the teaching of coastal
and marine studies.
The objectives of this workshop are:
- to develop an understanding of the nature, scope and educational goals
of coastal and marine studies; and
- to develop an understanding of the contribution that coastal and marine
studies can make to education for a sustainable environment.
There are four activities in this workshop:
This activity is an icebreaker which promotes initial discussion about
the major issues which will arise during the workshop. This activity
also provides a framework for the evaluation component of this workshop.
The objectives of the workshop are also introduced here.
- The Nature and Purpose of Coastal
and Marine Studies
This activity provides materials and advice for a mini-lecture that
defines coastal zones and introduces workshop participants to the nature
and importance of coastal and marine studies.
- The Scope of Coastal and Marine Studies
This activity introduces participants to the inter-connectedness of
social, economic, cultural and environmental aspects of coastal and
marine areas. The activity concludes with a debriefing session which
reinforces the interrelatedness of these issues.
The workshop concludes with participants reviewing their answers
to the introductory activity in order to consolidate key themes in the
light of the fresh perspectives and understandings gained from the module.
||Index of Overhead Transparencies
Ten Themes in Coastal and Marine Studies
||The Coastal and Marine Environment
||An Overview of Coastal Ecosystems and Their
B. To be obtained
||Ten coloured balls of wool; ten coloured
pens (same colours as wool); ten sheets of chart paper and
group name labels for each participant.
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