The pedagogy of integrated coastal management

Stephen Fletcher, Jonathan Potts, Rhoda C. Ballinger

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    Capacity building is commonly considered to be a fundamental prerequisite to successful integrated coastal management (ICM). Capacity building for ICM is an educational process, in which skills and knowledge are taught, learned and then applied, within a coastal management process. Previous research into ICM capacity building has tended to focus upon identifying the skills and knowledge required for effective ICM rather than the pedagogic elements of capacity building; that is, how the effectiveness of learning can be improved. This paper reports on a study that focuses on establishing the favoured learning style of students studying ICM in UK universities in order to consider more generally the role of pedagogy in ICM. Kolb's Learning Styles Inventory, a widely used generic learning styles test, was used to establish preferred learning styles. The results showed that ICM learners exhibited a complete range of learning styles, but that 47% were classified as `convergers', who prefer to learn through practice and consider the teacher to be a facilitator and role model rather than knowledge giver. It is concluded that ICM capacity building leaders should consider pedagogic issues more fully in the design and delivery of capacity-building activities and that a specific pedagogy of ICM is required.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)374-386
    JournalGeographical Journal
    Issue number4
    Early online date31 Oct 2008
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2008


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