The following resources will help link student’s fieldwork to their class studies of urban growth and decline. It would be appreciated if you could also have students complete the Fieldwork Evaluation Form on the Waterfront Workout home page.

A. Have students answer the fieldwork question – “Describe issues related to changes in landuse along the foreshores of Sydney Harbour, including the key stakeholders, any urban processes involved and how they might be solved”  

Additional Pressure Point Resources are included on the student resource page.

B. Have students use the Research Action Plan Scaffold to study a local issue in your local area.

C. View sample Geography programs for Issues in Australian Environments on the DEC Curriculum Support website

D. Have students view Sydney Secondary College Leichhardt student blogs on Urban Growth and Decline. Students have used DER laptops and social media tools to document their field studies. (Thanks to Russell Darnley, HSIE Teacher, SSC Leichhardt Campus) 

E. Sample Assessment Tasks related to the study focus. 

Assessment Task A

Brief: You are a concerned citizen. You have decided to investigate and collect information about a local issue and to write a detailed letter (2 to 3 pages) on the issue, to your appropriate government representative.

1. You have decided to start your investigation process by developing a research action plan that will outline the following:
a) four broad focus questions
b) the types of primary and secondary data required to answer the focus questions
c) how you are going to collect the data
d) how you are going to process and analyse the data collected (graphs, tables, maps, etc.)
e) strategies proposed in response to the initial focus questions

Make sure that your focus questions cover the following pieces of information:

a) the geographic process (including the interactions between human and physical elements)
b) government responsibilities
c) individual, group and government responses
d) management processes, strategies and an evaluation of their success

2. Provide information about the area to be studied, including:
a) a photograph of the location
b) the density of the area
c) a map of the area including local relief and the aspect and gradient of the slope
d) a cross-section and a transect of the area showing landform and vegetation features
e) the climate of the area (using synoptic charts)
f) a six-line description of how the issue relates to the physical features of the location

3. Investigate the issue by following the steps outlined in your research action plan

4. Develop your 2 to 3 page letter about the issue.

If you were using this as a model for a study of urban growth and decline, you would need to adapt the question to suit this area of study. For example, you can change the question so it reads:

You are a concerned inner city resident. You have decided to investigate and collect information about urban growth and decline around the Sydney Harbour foreshores and to write a detailed letter (2 to 3 pages) on the findings, to your local Member of Parliament. 

Assessment Task B

Background:

You have investigated Sydneys foreshores through fieldwork and research around Circular Quay, Millers Point and Darling Harbour. You have identified many issues around the processes of urban growth and decline in the area. As part of your determination to be a responsible citizen and take action on these issues, you decide to communicate your findings to your local Member of Parliament.

Task:

Write a letter (two to three pages) to your local Member of Parliament. The letter will be a summary of your findings and conclusions and you recommendations for action on matters of urban growth and decline around Sydneys foreshores.

In your answer include:

a) a map and images of Circular Quay, Millers Point and Darling Harbour, showing the main features of the area
b) a description of the characteristics of the area
c) a summary of your research findings and conclusions
d) your recommendations for action
e) inclusion of relevant primary and secondary data to support recommendations
f) geographical terminology, mapping conventions and formal letter conventions

Assessment Task C

Background:

You have investigated Sydneys foreshores through fieldwork and research around Circular Quay, Millers Point and Darling Harbour. You have identified many issues around the processes of urban growth and decline in the area.

Task:

Write a report outlining the issues related to changes in land use along Sydney Harbour foreshores, and discuss how they are being resolved, by reference to fieldwork data from Circular Quay, Millers Point and Darling Harbour.

In your answer include:

a) a map and images of Circular Quay, Millers Point and Darling Harbour, showing the main features of the area
b) the methods of investigation that were used to gather data (primary and secondary)
c) a description of the issues/problems and the processes that have caused these issues
d) the groups involved in the issues
e) a summary of what is being done to resolve these issues and how effective it has been
f) your recommendations for future action
g) inclusion of relevant primary and secondary data to support recommendations 

Assessment Task D

Background:

You have investigated Sydney’s foreshores through fieldwork and research around Circular Quay, Millers Point and Darling Harbour. You have identified many issues around the processes of urban growth and decline in the area.

Task:

Explain why conflicts exist between the stakeholders at different points around Sydney Harbour’s foreshore, with reference to TWO pressure points identified through fieldwork in the Circular Quay, Millers Point and Darling Harbour region.

In your answer include:

a) a map and images of Circular Quay, Millers Point and Darling Harbour, showing the main features of the area and identifying the TWO pressure point
b) identify TWO significant urban processes taking place at each pressure point and explain why these processes exist at this point
c) identify the stakeholders at each pressure point and explain why conflicts exist (the conflicts must be different at each pressure point)
d) inclusion of relevant primary and secondary data to support your response
e) geographical terminology and mapping conventions.

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