ERIC Number: ED088494
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: N/A
A Blueprint For a Television Environmental Simulation Project: "The Land and Me."
Papps, Grayce; And Others
An experimental project sought to build a replicable model of a viewer-active television simulation. Other educational goals were to 1) increase citizen concern for environmental factors and land use in Maine; 2) disseminate information on land use agencies; 3) illuminate the citizen's role in public planning; and 4) develop new patterns of problem solving. Five hour-long television programs were broadcast, each of which presented alternatives for the use of a simulated parcel of Maine land. Viewer and leader guides and a land use game were supplied at no cost to viewers who requested them and after each program viewers voted on alternative uses of land via toll-free phone lines. Post-program survey results indicated that viewers of the simulation programs; 1) became better informed about land use issues; 2) developed an appreciation for the complexity of environmental problems 3) began to debate more actively about land use; and 4) had positive feelings about the worth of the simulation. It was concluded that such television simulations were useful instruments of public education and policy-making. (PB)
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Environmental Education, Land Use, Models, Planning, Policy Formation, Problem Solving, Program Descriptions, Programing (Broadcast), Public Policy, Public Television, Simulation, Television Viewing
GAME ONLY: ECO-ACRES Game, Maine Public Broadcasting Network, University of Maine, Alumni Hall, Orono, Maine 04473 (Free)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC.; Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Maine Public Broadcasting Network, Orono.
Identifiers - Location: Maine