A visualisation tool for experiential learning in environmental science : using football fields, agricultural fields and waterways to illustrate the implication of different water allocation decisions

Wallis, Anne, Graymore, Michelle, Matthews, Ty and Byrne, Susan 2012, A visualisation tool for experiential learning in environmental science : using football fields, agricultural fields and waterways to illustrate the implication of different water allocation decisions, in Biology education for social and sustainable development, Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, pp.73-86.

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Title A visualisation tool for experiential learning in environmental science : using football fields, agricultural fields and waterways to illustrate the implication of different water allocation decisions
Author(s) Wallis, Anne
Graymore, Michelle
Matthews, Ty
Byrne, Susan
Title of book Biology education for social and sustainable development
Editor(s) Kim, Mijung
Diong, C.H.
Publication date 2012
Chapter number 8
Total chapters 42
Start page 73
End page 86
Total pages 14
Publisher Sense Publishers
Place of Publication Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Keyword(s) environmental decision making
environmental education
visualisation tool
water allocation
Summary Environmental education challenges educators to provide students with activities that cover complex societal issues, enhance critical thinking and to promote interdisciplinary and holistic learning. A further challenge is to convey this information so that it provides a solid foundation for participatory decision making. For example, effective management of water resources requires consideration of the social, economic and environmental consequences of various water allocation decisions together with an understanding of the possible conflicts that arise from these decisions, particular under scenarios of limited water supply. Well designed visualisation tools can enhance teaching and understanding of difficult concepts. For example, they can be designed to allow students to participate in hypothetical decision making and to visualise the potential implications of their decisions under a range of scenarios. A review of the published literature revealed that several visualisation tools have been developed for use in science education, but few provide the option for students to participate in integrated environmental decision making. This paper presents a visualisation tool, called WINDSCREEN, that has been introduced into environmental science classes to enhance student learning. The tool focuses on water resources and requires students to think about how they would allocate available water supplies for social, economic and environmental uses. An overview of the challenges associated with water allocation decisions, together with the role that visualisation tools can play in environmental education are also discussed.
ISBN 9789460919251
9789460919268
9789460919275
Language eng
Field of Research 050203 Environmental Education and Extension
050205 Environmental Management
Socio Economic Objective 960311 Social Impacts of Climate Change and Variability
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30051557

Document type: Book Chapter
Collection: School of Life and Environmental Sciences
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