Accessing and Evaluating Resources for Coastal and Marine Studies
This module addresses these sorts of concerns. Those involved in coastal and marine education need to become familiar with the core concepts of Ecologically Sustainable Development and education for sustainable living. An evaluation matrix called 'ERCME' (Evaluation of Resources in Coastal and Marine Education) is provided in this module to help teachers identify aspects of these core concepts in the materials they might choose to use.
The use of the ERCME matrix can help overcome to the problems that may
arise with otherwise 'good' resources. Overall, this module attempts to
develop strategies for evaluating resources that will assist in the comprehensive
evaluation and selection of materials for classroom use.
|OHT 1||An Unfinished Checklist of Resources|
|OHT 2||Objectives of the Workshop|
|OHT 3||Problems Associated with Resource Selection|
|OHT 4||Six Problems of Resource Selection|
|OHT 5||Some Types of Bias|
|OHT 6||Possible Evaluation Criteria|
|OHT 7||The ERCME Matrix|
|OHT 8||Characteristics of our School
|Resource 1||Our Most Useful Resources|
|Resource 2||Developing the ERCME Matrix|
|Resource 3||The ERCME Matrix|
|Resource 4||A Sample Resource for Evaluation|
|Resource 5||Creating your Own Evaluation Matrix|
|Resource 6||Resources Available for 'Purchase'|
|Resource 7||Introduction to the Internet|
|Resource 8||WWW Sites for Coastal and Marine Studies
|Reading 1||A Bit about Bias|
|Reading 2||Evaluation Criteria|
|Activity 1||Before the workshop, select your favourite resource
for teaching a coastal or marine topic and/or invite 2 - 3 participants
to do the same and to bring this to the workshop and briefly explain
to the group why this is their favourite resource.
Also, you might bring a selection of useful resources to set up and display before the workshop. A complete listing of relevant sites on the Internet could also be devised to display the WWW resources available for coastal and marine studies (Activity 6)
|Activity 4||You might like to provide a range of resources (perhaps
from your display) for evaluation rather than the sample one in Resource 4.
|Activity 5||You might be able to provide a different 'resource catalogue' (perhaps shorter or more directly focused on the teaching levels and subjects of participants) to the compilation in Resource 6.|
Maccoll, P. (1989) Selecting and Evaluating Resources for Geography Teaching in J. Fien, R. Gerber and P. Wilson, (eds) The Geography Teacher's Guide to the Classroom, 2nd edition, Macmillan, Melbourne.
North American Association for Environmental Education (1996) Environmental Education Materials: Guidelines for Excellence, NAAEE, Troy, Ohio.
Tourtillott, L and Britt, P. (1994) Evaluating Environmental Education Materials, National Consortium for Environmental Education and Training, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Unger, Z. (1995) Analysing Educational Resources, in J. Fien (ed) Teaching for a Sustainable World, International Edition, UNESCO-UNEP IEEP and Griffith University, Brisbane.