are the most fire-prone of the world's major biomes. So, fire is a
key conservation and land management issue for Australia's tropical
Burning Issues overarching questions
- How do we live with fire so that it brings positive benefits
to the landscape and the community?
- How can we help the community understand the issues
associated with burning and land management?
Burning Issues focuses on the need for well-informed
decisions about planning and fire management to ensure lives are
protected and healthy ecosystems and biodiversity are conserved. It
highlights the need for a collaborative approach involving
traditional Aboriginal landowners, volunteers, council members,
regional bush fires committees and researchers to help protect
life, property and the environment in northern Australia from the
effects of wildfire and ensure a sustainable future for all.
Students will be able to explore
some of the key issues of burning for land management in northern
Australia in order to develop an effective public awareness
campaign for a target audience, that includes some scientific
evidence to support their key messages.
Burning Issues provides a flexible learning
environment for students.
The Burning Issues learning environment is designed so that
The Burning Issues learning environment is flexible enough
to meet a diversity of learner needs depending on the learning
focus taken and the offline teaching and learning. Some students
will thrive in such an environment and others will need more
support than is provided within the online environment.
Teachers, in the role of
facilitators of learning or co-learners, guide their learners with
the process of making meaning. By targeting specific assessment
for, and as, learning opportunities within the module and/or
offline to gain and give feedback, teachers can be informed as to
what focused teaching or support different learners require. Each
section suggests some of these possibilities.
It is recommended that:
- teachers make themselves very
familiar with the learning environment and the Guide accessible through the
- students have the opportunity to explore the module in a
playful way but with purpose set by the teacher that enables the
articulation of their existing knowledge.