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Learning objects Community enterprise: pools, parks and toys [ESL]

TLF ID L10436

Help a local council to investigate proposals for redeveloping an old factory site. Compare the benefits of building a swimming pool, toy factory or park. Gather facts and opinions from local residents at three locations: a shopping mall, a talkback radio station and a council meeting. Rate the economic, social and environmental effects of each proposal. Explain the reasons for your recommendation. Use a model structure to write a letter to the mayor recommending a course of action.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students investigate the environmental, social and economic consequences of redeveloping an unused factory site.
  • Students recommend a course of action that will maximise the environmental, social and economic benefits of redevelopment to a local community.
Educational value
  • Provides opportunities to investigate the social, economic and environmental consequences of proposed land uses.
  • Includes tools to compare, sort and analyse a variety of opinions regarding the development of an unused site in a local community.
  • Includes an interactive notebook to record and analyse information.
  • Enables students to recommend an action and summarise reasons in a printable report.
  • Features modified language for English as a Second Language users.
  • Includes a glossary of terms used in the activity.
  • Features a cloze sequencing activity revising connectives such as 'also' and 'finally'.
Year level

3; 4

Learning area
  • studies of society and environment
  • Studies of society and environment/Investigation, communication and participation
  • Studies of society and environment/Resources
  • Studies of society and environment/Sustainable development
  • Studies of society and environment/Systems
  • Studies of society and environment/Social impact
  • Studies of society and environment/Economic conditions
  • Studies of society and environment/Economic factors
  • Studies of society and environment/Economic impact
  • Studies of society and environment/Economics
  • Studies of society and environment/Community
  • Studies of society and environment/Decision-making
  • Knowledge;
  • Comprehension;
  • Application;
  • Analysis;
  • Synthesis
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: Bundanoon NSW 2578 Australia
  • Subject matter expert
  • Name: Dr Rob Gilbert
  • Organisation: James Cook University
  • Address: Townsville QLD 4811 Australia
  • Technical implementer
  • Publisher
  • Date of contribution: 20 Sep 2013
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia
  • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
  • URL:
  • Educational validator
  • Subject matter expert
  • Name: Janet Saker
  • Address: Williamstown VIC 3016 Australia
  • Subject matter expert
  • Name: Warwick Mears
  • Address: Cebu Philippines
  • Technical implementer
Access profile
  • Colour independence
  • Device independence
  • Hearing independence
  • Generic
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
Platform requirements
  • This object may not display correctly on the Mac OS X platform in Safari unless viewed with Flash 9 Player 9.0.24 (for Safari). Use of earlier increments of the Flash 9 Player may result in playback issues on both PowerPC and Intel based hardware. Indications of an incompatible player are looping and/or flashing animations which are likely to relate to flawed interaction with the API or rendering engine. Due to the use of rich media content, this learning object is suitable for a connection speed of 256 kbit/s or faster.
  • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2013, except where indicated under Acknowledgements.