Learning objects Wind farm: pros and cons

TLF ID L898

Investigate the advantages and disadvantages of establishing a wind farm in a coastal community. Gather facts and opinions from local residents such as a dairy farmer, small business owner, young family and retired people. Consider issues of ecological sustainability, economic development, social responsibility, lifestyle and visual impact. Decide whether to proceed with the development. This learning object is the first in a series of two objects that progressively increase in difficulty.



Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students identify the advantages and disadvantages of establishing a wind farm in a coastal community.
  • Students balance issues of ecological sustainability, economic development, social responsibility, aesthetics and lifestyle implications in determining a preferred course of action.
Educational value
  • Provides opportunity for students to collect, interpret and analyse data for the purpose of evaluating a range of future scenarios.
  • Requires students recommend a strategy and complete a report presenting reasons for their decision.
  • Provides ample evidence and therefore scope for students to justify a range of alternative opinions and solutions.
  • Includes option to print students' summary report with their key recommendation, reasoning and supporting data.
Year level

7; 8

Learning area
  • science
Strand
  • Science/Earth and space sciences
  • Science/Science as a human endeavour
  • Science/Science inquiry skills
  • Science/Science understanding
    Skill
    • Analysis;
    • Application;
    • Comprehension;
    • Knowledge
    Student activity
    • Interactives;
    • Modelling;
    • Analysis;
    • Experiment
    Learning design
    • Independent learning;
    • Problem solving;
    • Experiential learning;
    • Visual learning

    Other details

    Contributors
    • Technical implementer
    • Script writer
    • Name: Michael Hyde
    • Organisation: Eagle Wordsmith
    • Address: Coburg VIC Australia
    • Subject matter expert
    • Instructional designer
    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 28 Jan 2014
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au
    Access profile
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    Learning resource type
    • Interactive Resource
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    • MS-Windows - minimum version: XP - maximum version: 7
    Rights
    • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2013, except where indicated under Acknowledgements.