[Coral-List] teachers guide

David Hopley dhopley at austarnet.com.au
Wed Sep 10 18:57:15 EDT 2003

Greetings all,

I've been interested to see the discussion re education materials on coral
reefs.  During the 1990s I directed a project for UNESCO to produce marine
science education materials for Pacific Island Schools.  the materials were
produced by a collaboration between Marine Scientists and Education
curriculum personnel at James Cook University with an advisory committee
from the involved nations which included the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati,
Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu and Western Samoa.  The
books were directed at the upper senior school level, i.e. 15-16 years.  Six
books make up the series, each about 100pp.  including Pacific Island
Origins and Ecology; Tropical Shorelines Biology and Ecology; Mangroves;
Corals and Coral Reefs; Oceanography and Plankton; and Caring for the Sea,
Fisheries and Environment.

3 Teacher's manuals with additional notes, particularly on project material
were also produced, each one dealing with two of the series.

Although directed specifically at the Pacific Islands, at various times a
number of parts of the rest of the world showed interest including, SE Asia
and the Caribbean Islands.

Since my retirement from James Cook University, the person to contact is Dr.
Stephen Ritchie from the School of Education at JCU.  Email:
stephen.ritchie at jcu.edu.au



Dr. David Hopley
Coastal and Marine Consultant
3 Wingadee Court

PHONE/FAX:  +61 7 4725 2856

MOBILE:  0428 25 2856


dhopley at austarnet.com.au

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Hello all
Thanks for the many responses to my request for Teacher's Guide info for
'entertaining' and important information on human impacts on coral reefs
which we
can use as 'sidebar material' for our teacher's resource guide. The search
continues. . .

I would like to provide teachers with tales to tell their students, very
anecdotal type stories, which will entertain and capture the interest, as
well as
educating and informing kids about human impacts (and natural impacts for
matter) on coral reefs!

I'd like to supplement the basic info which is widely available on many of
your  websites, and give it some buzz, with stories which local people in
reef countries, particlulary in the Pacific Region where story telling is
tradition, can relate to and understand.

Again, the subjects are the usual suspects: bleaching episodes; logging,
deforestation and sedimentation; sewage and chemical runoff and
and coral diseases; destructive fishing, particularly stories of dynamite
cyanide etc use; overfishing; as well as conservation success stories - ie
school action projects, working MPAs or conservation areas; and I'd
particularly like to get a few good examples of traditional management
(stuff that
village kids in the outer islands, particularly, have heard or know from

Again, many thanks for your help. I look forward to hearing from you. And
we'll of course credit you and your organization with a  byline with the
sidebars! And will keep you posted through our web site with info on the
roll out date
and distribution of the Sustainable Reefs resources from Ocean Futures
Henry Genthe
Ocean Futures Society
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