Helping young people to examine countryside issues by research, by talking about and listening to various viewpoints is an invaluable way to assist them in the formulation of their own views. The activities described help students to examine the positive and negative effects of developments on the environment and to uncover ways forward.

This approach is also contributing towards the acquisition of many skills:

  • information processing - locating and collecting relevant data
  • reasoning - giving reasons for opinions and actions, and making decisions informed by reasons or evidence
  • enquiry - asking relevant questions
  • evaluation - judging the evaluation of what they hear and read