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Getting the picture on the problem

Select from the following ideas to identify relationships between present resource use, ecologically sustainable development and future generations.

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Activity 1: Identify the issue

Brainstorm issues and ideas
Develop a futures wheel and/or concept map to unearth the types of issues you are likely to uncover.

Activity 2: Explore the issue

Develop your ideas through, for example:
Searching local papers and media for ideas
Sketching Ideas
Using DeBono’s six-hat thinking techniques
Documenting your attitudes to the issue

Activity 3: Frame questions and actions

Clarify questions by, for example
Listing and categorising your information
Developing a decision tree

Activity 4: Collect information

Valuable information can be collected by:
Conducting interviews
Accessing databases
Collecting relevant cartoons and photographs
Taking notes from written information
Summarising information presented on relevant television programs
Writing faxes and letters
Contact organisations by Internet

Activity 5: Interpret the information

Consider the following ideas:

Activity 6: Make conclusions from the information

Once the information has been weighed up:

Write a generalisation or series of generalisations based upon the information that has been analysed
Discuss your conclusions with other members of the class and be questioned about them
Investigate the costs and benefits of various solutions proposed by others
Defend your conclusions by reference to the information you have analysed
Consider the consequences of acting in different ways based on the same conclusions, and/or
Present the worst case scenarios and the best case scenarios in a persuasive genre.

Activity 7: Act on the information

The form of action should be related to the information which has been discovered in the course of the investigation. Some appropriate forms of action which could be taken will probably be obvious by this stage, but could include the following:

Developing a plan of action using flow charts, consequence charts, timelines, or other visual tools
Displaying the plan and invite comments
Communicating the conclusions of the project to other members of the class, other classes, community members, members of relevant organisations, politicians
Developing information brochures
Mounting a display in a prominent community setting
Writing a submission for funding to a local body
Writing letters to the editors of newspapers
Holding a public meeting
Developing an audio-tape
Choreographing a dance which makes a social comment.

Activity 8: Reflect on the outcomes

Consider the following ideas:

Activity 9: Identify emerging issues

Following a period of reflection, you could engage in group discussions about how to deal with unresolved questions, and initiate a further investigation.


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