Managing Australia's Biodiversity
An Internet WebQuest on Biodiversity

created by Kaye Placing
UniServe Science

Introduction | The Quest | The Process & Resources | Conclusion | HyperText Dictionary


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The Quest

Hunt or Harvest, Cull or Keep? That is the Question!

The Process and Resources

In this WebQuest you will be working together with a group of students in class. Each group will answer the Task or Quest(ion). As a member of the group you will explore web pages from people (mainly in Australia) who care about Biodiversity. Because these are real web pages we're tapping into, not things made just for schools, the reading level might challenge you. Feel free to use the online Webster dictionary or one in your classroom.

You'll begin with everyone in your group getting some background before dividing into roles where people on your team become experts on one aspect of the topic.

Phase 1 - Background: Something for Everyone

Read this thought provoking statement from Professor Michael Archer, Director of the Australian Museum

Sustaining Australia's Land - Time for Action

Now use the Internet information linked below to answer the basic questions of who? what? where? when? why? and how? Be creative in exploring the information so that you answer these questions as fully and insightfully as you can.

Use the Internet information linked below to explore the whole picture and what others (some informed people, some with special interests) have to say on the subject.

Phase 2 - Looking Deeper from Different Perspectives

  1. Individuals or pairs from your larger WebQuest team will explore one of the issues below.

  2. Read through the files linked to your group. If you print out the files, underline the passages that you feel are the most important. If you look at the files on the computer, copy sections you feel are important by dragging the mouse across the passage and copying / pasting it into a word processor or other writing software.

  3. Note: Remember to write down or copy/paste the URL of the file you take the passage from so you can quickly go back to it if you need to to prove your point.

  4. Be prepared to focus what you've learned into one main opinion that answers the Big Quest(ion) or Task based on what you have learned from the links for your role.

Hunt or harvest

Use the Internet information linked below to answer these questions specifically related to Hunt or harvest - particularly relating to kangaroos, emus and crocodiles. Which, if any, Australian species should we hunt? Which, if any, Australian species should we harvest or farm? Which, if any, Australian species should we protect at all cost?

Cull, keep or relocate

Sometimes the problem is not decreasing numbers but just too many for the resources available. What is the solution then?

Alternate use

Is there an alternative? How else can we address the increasing problems of decreasing habitat, decreasing numbers and public awareness?

A special point of view

What might be the impact of managing our biodiversity (particularly in relation to endangered species such as the dugong) on the indigenous inhabitants of Australia and their traditional use of the native species?

Phase 3 - Debating, Discussing, and Reaching Consensus

You have all learned about a different part of Managing Australia's Biodiversity. Now group members come back to the larger WebQuest team with expertise gained by searching from one perspective.

You must all now answer the Task / Quest(ion) as a group. Each of you will bring a certain viewpoint to the answer: some of you will agree and others disagree. Use information, pictures, movies, facts, opinions, etc. from the web pages you explored to convince your team mates that your viewpoint is important and should be part of your team's answer to the Task / Quest(ion). Your WebQuest team should write out an answer that everyone on the team can live with.

Phase 4 - Real World Feedback

You and your team mates have learned a lot by dividing up to address different issues and points of view. Now's the time to put your learning into a format that can be shared with other interested people.

As a group, prepare recommendations for the effective Management of Australia's Biodiversity. Consider those animals that might be suitable for food and other products. Should some species be hunted in the wild or should they be farmed just as we farm introduced species. What happens when communities become overcrowded? Should all species be considered equally? What is best for all Australians? There are many issues to address in Managing Australia's Biodiversity.

Your group may decide to present their recommendations in written format, as a brochure or as a poster, in electronic format, as a presentation or web site, or through an oral presentation or debate.


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