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Learning objects Balancing the options: aged care

TLF ID L1027

Help a local council to investigate community attitudes to a proposed retirement village. Gather facts and opinions from local residents, retirees' families and the developer. Compare options, then choose the plan that best addresses issues raised by all of the interest groups. Explain the reasons for your recommendation. This learning object is one in a series of four objects.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students compare the merits of a number of solutions to a series of conflicts between various interest groups and stakeholders in a local community.
  • Students recommend and justify a solution that achieves the most favourable outcome for all interest groups and stakeholders.
Educational value
  • Students compare and analyse a variety of opinions regarding the establishment of an aged care facility.
  • Students explore information in a range of news media and other information sources.
  • Students rank possible courses of action according to effectiveness in resolving issues.
  • An interactive opinion organiser allows students to represent the degree to which possible courses of action address the concerns of community members.
  • Students are prompted to undertake more research if they do not utilise all of the information sources provided.
  • Students recommend an action and summarise reasons in a printable report.
Year level

5; 6

Learning area
  • studies of society and environment
  • Studies of society and environment/Investigation, communication and participation
  • Studies of society and environment/Place and space
  • Studies of society and environment/Environment
  • Studies of society and environment/Environmental impact
  • Studies of society and environment/Environmental issues
  • Studies of society and environment/Relationships
  • Studies of society and environment/Community
  • Studies of society and environment/Community life
  • Studies of society and environment/Community project
  • Studies of society and environment/Conflict resolution
  • Studies of society and environment/Conservation of natural resources
  • Knowledge;
  • Comprehension;
  • Application;
  • Analysis
Student activity
  • Interactives;
  • Experiment;
  • Analysis;
  • Modelling
Learning design
  • Experiential learning;
  • Independent learning;
  • Problem solving;
  • Visual learning

Other details

  • Script writer
  • Name: Anne-Maree Scott
  • Address: Road Bundanoon NSW 2578 Australia
  • Subject matter expert
  • Technical implementer
  • Publisher
  • Date of contribution: 09 Oct 2013
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia
  • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
  • URL:
Access profile
  • Colour independence
  • Device independence
  • Hearing independence
Learning resource type
  • Interactive Resource
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer - minimum version: 8.0 (MS-Windows) - maximum version: 9.0 (MS- Windows)
  • Firefox - minimum version: (MS-Windows)
  • Safari - minimum version: 5.1 (MacOS)
Operating systems
  • MacOS - minimum version: 10.6
  • MS-Windows - minimum version: XP - maximum version: 7
  • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2013, except where indicated under Acknowledgements.