[Coral-List] Major new TV series on coral reefs - advice

Alex Brylske brylske at aol.com
Thu Nov 26 09:40:13 EST 2009


There is a long and rich history of using the "city analogy" in explaining the function of coral reef ecosystems. However, until my dissertation, no one ever explored the effecacy of this as a valid instructional strategy. I've attached a copy here. I think you'll find it interesting and useful. The bottom line is this: Analogy-based instruction can be quite powerful, but there are some pitfalls. Done wrong, it can be counterproductive. And, as my research indicted, it's not necessarily effective for all audiences.


Alex. F. Brylske, Ph.D.
Professor, Marine Science & Technology
Florida Keys Community College
5901 College Rd.
Key West, FL 33040
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alex.brylske at fkcc.edu
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On Nov 24, 2009, at 5:28 PM, David Marks wrote:

> John,
> Where did you get or see the idea of comparing coral reefs to cities?
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