Resource Database: Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Title 'Self-resourcing' for Large Group Teaching on Environmental Issues
Originator George Dardis
Department School of Geosciences, The Queen's University of Belfast, BT7 1NN
Tel. +44 (0)1232 273981
Fax. +44 (0)1232 321280

Teaching large groups (100+) present very considerable resource challenges in situations where the resource base is either stagnant or declining. As a result, alternative ways are needed which can provide an adequate resource base for students, which allows equitable access to resource materials and encourages active student participation in the learning process.

A learning strategy has been developed for an Environmental Issues modular course over the past five years which allows a high degree of self-resourcing. For example, we use a contemporary audit of mass media, usually undertaken during a one or two week period, to evaluate relationships between 'scientific' and 'public' awareness of environmental problems. This is aimed at (a) evaluating the role of mass media in environmental education and (b) examining obstacles to environmental awareness, which may be either self-imposed or imposed by a range of externalities. Seminars are used to maintain a high level of contact with staff who deliver the programme and to chart progress in the learning process.

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Environmental issues
Large student numbers
Mass media

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