Assessing the effectiveness of coastal management education
Australia's coastal areas are a vital part of the nation's identity and an integral part of' the lives of its people. Yet our coast is facing many threats, and its management is challenged by a series of complex factors, including demographic and land-use changes, as well as international influences, such as the invasion of marine pests and climate change.
Supported by federal, state and territory policies and programs, a number of local government and non-government organisations across Australia have developed coastal management education programs targeting a range of stakeholders, from local citizens, students and tourists, to industry and management professionals. While effective education programs are critical to improving coastal management, the current programs have varying success.
This research study, funded by the Australian Government Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, considered the current effectiveness of various coastal management education approaches through a review of case studies and experiences throughout Australia, as well as selected international locations. The reviews were combined with a synthesis of literature on how education programs can most effectively promote not only awareness, but also participation and action to improve stewardship and management of the coast.
Online assessment tool
Underpinned by this research, ARIES has developed an interactive online tool. The tool identified critical factors for the success of coastal management education programs and was intended to help coastal managers, planners and educators assess the effectiveness of their existing education programs and to design and develop future programs that can effectively contribute to changes in coastal management in Australia.Wortman D, Cooke K, Hebert K and Tilbury D (2006) Assessing Provision and Effectiveness of Coastal Management Education. Canberra: The Australian Government Department of the Environment and Water Resources and the Australian Research Institute in Education for Sustainability (ARIES). ISBN: 1 74318 171 1