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ERIC Number: EJ957366
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
ISSN: ISSN-1038-2046
Designing, Implementing and Evaluating a Consultancy Approach to Teaching Environmental Management to Undergraduates
Beavis, Sara; Beckmann, Elizabeth A.
International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, v21 n1 p71-92 2012
What are the benefits of engaging undergraduate students with authentic, inquiry-based curricula that develop transdisciplinary research skills? Internationally, many educators believe that research-active curricula help students better understand how scientific and technological concepts underlie the complexities of our world, especially in the context of natural resource management and sustainability. This paper describes the outcomes of a "consultancy approach" (CA) to teaching an undergraduate water resources management course in an Australian university over the past 10 years. Using the documented experiences of staff, students and clients, this paper demonstrates how this research-based curriculum has engaged students in authentic field-based research in ways that are student-centred, address diverse learning motivations and demonstrate the realities of being a practising professional. In addition, by providing environmental managers with a depth of research knowledge applicable to decision-making at individual sites that they would otherwise be unlikely, even unable, to acquire, the CA to teaching addresses the ongoing need in Australian communities for reliable scientific and environmental data on which to base complex land management decisions. (Contains 3 tables, 1 figure and 6 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia