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Book review and ecological reflection

Assessment Item 1- part 1: Ecological Identity Reflection

Write an essay in which you synthesise your reflections during the semester and make a plan for future personal and/or professional development.
Do not neglect to draw on a range of relevant sources and reference appropriately.
The purpose of this essay is to provide you with an opportunity to reflect on your roles, intentions and practices as an environmental educator/manager.
Unfortunately, many of us operate out of habit and tradition because we get caught up in the busy routines of our daily lives and work. This essay requires that you synthesise your intentions and experiences into a framework from which you will be able to operate in a reflective and deliberate manner.
The structure and emphases of your essay will reflect your particular concerns and ideas. The following questions provide a range of ideas that you may incorporate in your essay.

Describe your present personal and/or work situation in relation to the challenges of sustainability.
– What opportunities and constraints do you find there?
– What is your vision for the future? What life experiences have helped you shape your vision? How is your vision related to your preferred objectives and practices in environmental education?
– What aspects of your life history, educational beliefs and/or educational ideology shape your preferred objectives and practices in environmental education?
– What similarities and/or contradictions do you find between your life, beliefs, preferred objectives and the way that you presently live and work? Is there a rhetoric-reality gap? If so why does it exist? If not how have you overcome this problem?
– How do you relate to the context of your work situation? What “social strategy/s” have you adopted as a result?
– Develop a three year plan detailing actions you would like to take in your personal and/or work setting to advance the transition to sustainability. How do you plan to alter the way you live and/or work as an environmental educator?

Length: Essay 2500 words

Assessment Criteria
Discussion Forum Assessment Criteria:
Clearly identified central ideas
Cogent, sequential presentation
Clear referencing and attribution
Related key ideas practice
Evidence of further reading
Relevant and stimulating
Essays will be assessed according to the following key criteria:
1. knowledge and comprehension,
2. critical analysis and evaluation, and
3. communication and referencing.

Specific components of each of these criteria for the assessment items are listed below.

1. Knowledge & Comprehension
– Full coverage of the topic/question
– Comprehensive knowledge of issues illustrated by the selection, presentation and understanding of relevant information
– Comprehensive coverage of the relevant literature
2. Critical Analysis & Evaluation
– Topic dealt with in depth
– Logically developed argument
– Evidence of wide and critical reading
– Critical use of evidence and examples to support claims and conclusions
– Emphasis on explanation and analysis not description
3. Communication & Referencing
– Well structured writing using introduction, body and conclusion
– Fluent and succinct writing style
– Correct spelling, punctuation and grammar
– Reasonable word length
– Effective use and citation of figures, tables and illustrations
– Correct and consistent in-text references
– Correct and consistent presentation and punctuation of reference list

Assessment 1: part 2: Book review & Powerpoint Presentation
Type: Review
Learning Objectives Assessed: 1, 3
Weight: 30%
Task Description:
1,000 words plus 6 Powerpoint slides

Task: This assessment item requires you to read and report on one text from the suggested list. Your book review and powerpoint presentation should provide a thorough and thoughtful exploration of:
(a) the central message or thesis the author(s) is(are) proposing;
(b) how this text has added to your understanding of environmental education for sustainability and your own life; and
(c) why someone else should or should not read this book.
In preparing your book review and powerpoint you should draw on your own life experiences and other Education for Sustainability course readings.

You need to have notified the convenor of your chosen text by the end of Week 2 at the latest. You can choose a text from the list below or choose another text in consultation with the course convenor.

1. Al Gore “ Our Choice

Criteria & Marking:
Assessment Criteria: Your report and discussion will be assessed according to the following three key criteria:
1. knowledge and comprehension;
2. critical analysis and evaluation; and
3. communication and referencing.

1. Knowledge & Comprehension
â–ª Full coverage of the topic/question
â–ª Comprehensive knowledge of issues illustrated by the selection, presentation and understanding of relevant information
â–ª Comprehensive coverage of the relevant literature
2. Critical Analysis & Evaluation
â–ª Topic dealt with in depth
â–ª Logically developed argument
â–ª Evidence of critical reading
â–ª Critical use of evidence and examples to support claims and conclusions
â–ª Emphasis on explanation and analysis not only description
3. Communication & Referencing
â–ª Well structured writing using introduction, body and conclusion
â–ª Fluent and succinct writing style
â–ª Correct spelling, punctuation and grammar
â–ª Correct word length
â–ª Effective use and citation of figures, tables and illustrations
â–ª Correct and consistent in-text references
â–ª Correct and consistent presentation and punctuation of bibliography
â–ª Well presented and argued case for or against reading the text

Note: you must refer to EFS and use the readings provided for BOTH parts of the assignment.

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