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Learning to Participate: Responding to Changes in Australian Land and Water Management Policy and Practice

  • Gary Brierley (a1), Mick Hillman (a1) and Liz Devonshire (a2)

Rapid changes to resource and environmental management systems are occurring in Australia. These include increased emphasis on a whole-of-ecosystem approach, adaptive management, and community participation in decision-making. The need to respond to these rapid changes raises new educational challenges, which are being addressed in the Resource and Environmental Management program at Macquarie University through a round table exercise in environmental decision-making. Using an environmental flow allocation scenario, with a combination of face-to-face meetings and online tasks, this role-play activity requires students to assume a stakeholder role, formulate a position paper, question the views of other stakeholders, and negotiate to reach a consensus-based outcome. A key outcome is the learners' active engagement in an authentic task that exposes them to many of the uncertainties they will face in professional practice.

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Australian Journal of Environmental Education
  • ISSN: 0814-0626
  • EISSN: 2049-775X
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