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Politics and Society Learning Path: Sustainability and Coronavirus Learning Path

By PDST

The resources in this learning path could be used as stimuli for students, with the teacher creating tasks around an essential question, or set of questions. Students could be asked to use the resources included to create; a paragraph response, discursive essay response, voice clip of their response, research of further data on this topic or to critically evaluate the sources, amongst other ideas. Possible NCCA key thinker biographies - Vandana Shiva, Andre Gunder Frank, Sean McDonagh These key thinkers have contributed to the development of some of the key ideas within this learning path. Teachers may also choose to invite students to make links with other Key Thinkers in the booklet provided in the learning path.
7 resources in this Learning Path

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Politics and Society Key Thinker Booklet

https://www.scoilnet.ieuploads/resources/32068/31810.pdf Added: 25 Mar 2020 Contributor: PDST Resource type: Reference / Article

This booklet contains the NCCA biographies of 15 of the 17 Key thinkers named in the updated Politics and Society specification.

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How it maps to the curriculum

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Politics & Society

Suggestions for use: Background reading on the key thinkers for students. Can be assigned as reading alongside a topic or strand to encourage students to make links to the perspectives of the prescribed key thinkers.

Asset type: Document
Language: English
Rights: Attribution-ShareAlike Creative Commons
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Forbes article - sustainability and Coronavirus

https://www.forbes.com/sites/nishan...-medical-supply-chain/#39ba37c55495 Added: 26 Mar 2020 Contributor: PDST Resource type: Reference / Other

This is an article about the coronavirus and the light it is shining on sustainability in the global pharma and medical supply chain.
This article can be used as a source to examine evidence in relation to single use plastics and the demand for medical and pharma supplies during the pandemic, leading to a challenge for sustainability.

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How it maps to the curriculum

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Politics & Society

Strand: 8. Sustainable Development

Strand unit: 2. Arguments Concerning Sustainable Dev

Suggestions for use: The resources in this learning path could be used as stimuli for students, with the teacher creating tasks around an essential question, or set of questions. Students could be asked to use the resources included to create; a paragraph response, discursive essay response, voice clip of their response, research of further data on this topic or to critically evaluate the sources, amongst other ideas.


Learning Outcomes:

2.6 8.1 8.2 8.3

Topics:
Sustainable Development; Power and Decision making at National and European Level.

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
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Bloomberg Article - plastics and the coronavirus:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/arti...-out-of-favor-then-came-coronavirus Added: 26 Mar 2020 Contributor: PDST Resource type: Reference / Other

This is an article about the coronavirus and how with health concerns being at the top of consumers’ minds, companies are abandoning eco-conscious policies and re-embracing single-use items.
This article can be used as a source to examine evidence in relation to the use of plastics during the coronavirus and the effect that this is having on sustainability.

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How it maps to the curriculum

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Politics & Society

Strand: 8. Sustainable Development

Strand unit: 1. Actions that Address Sustainable Dev

Suggestions for use: The resources in this learning path could be used as stimuli for students, with the teacher creating tasks around an essential question, or set of questions. Students could be asked to use the resources included to create; a paragraph response, discursive essay response, voice clip of their response, research of further data on this topic or to critically evaluate the sources, amongst other ideas.


Learning Outcomes:

2.6 8.1 8.2 8.3

Topics:
Sustainable Development; Power and Decision making at National and European Level.

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
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Coronavirus pandemic leading to huge drop in air pollution

https://www.theguardian.com/environ...ading-to-huge-drop-in-air-pollution Added: 26 Mar 2020 Contributor: PDST Resource type: Reference / Other

This Guardian article is concerned with the effect which the lower levels of industry and air travel due to the coronavirus has had on air pollution.
This article can be used to explore the pollution levels in affected areas and comparisons with levels prior to the pandemic, as a reflection upon the need for sustainability

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How it maps to the curriculum

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Politics & Society

Strand: 8. Sustainable Development

Strand unit: 1. Actions that Address Sustainable Dev

Suggestions for use: The resources in this learning path could be used as stimuli for students, with the teacher creating tasks around an essential question, or set of questions. Students could be asked to use the resources included to create; a paragraph response, discursive essay response, voice clip of their response, research of further data on this topic or to critically evaluate the sources, amongst other ideas.


Learning Outcomes:

2.6 8.1 8.2 8.3

Topics:
Sustainable Development; Power and Decision making at National and European Level.

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
Special Needs:

5

National Geographic Fake News Article:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/...ke-animal-viral-social-media-posts/ Added: 26 Mar 2020 Contributor: PDST Resource type: Reference / Other

This is an article by National Geographic about fake stories of wildlife returning to quarantined areas and cities.
This article can be used as a source for students to examine the importance of checking the validity of news stories through an examination of sources and facts.

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How it maps to the curriculum

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Politics & Society

Strand: 2. Power & Decision Making: National/EU

Strand unit: 6. Traditional & New Media in a Democracy

Suggestions for use: These key thinkers have contributed to the development of some of the key ideas within this learning path.

The resources in this learning path could be used as stimuli for students, with the teacher creating tasks around an essential question, or set of questions. Students could be asked to use the resources included to create; a paragraph response, discursive essay response, voice clip of their response, research of further data on this topic or to critically evaluate the sources, amongst other ideas.


Learning Outcomes:

2.6 8.1 8.2 8.3

Topics:
Sustainable Development; Power and Decision making at National and European Level.

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
Special Needs:

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UN Environment Article: Coronavirus and Sustainability

https://www.unenvironment.org/news-...ess-threats-ecosystems-and-wildlife Added: 26 Mar 2020 Contributor: PDST Resource type: Reference / Other

Article by the UN Environment agency which links the Coronavirus crisis with underlying threats to ecosystems, wildlife, biodiversity and sustainability.
This article can be used as a source of evidence by students on the challenges of environmental sustainability and the role of a supranational organisation like the UN in facing those challenges.

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How it maps to the curriculum

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Politics & Society

Strand: 8. Sustainable Development

Strand unit: 1. Actions that Address Sustainable Dev

Suggestions for use: The resources in this learning path could be used as stimuli for students, with the teacher creating tasks around an essential question, or set of questions. Students could be asked to use the resources included to create; a paragraph response, discursive essay response, voice clip of their response, research of further data on this topic or to critically evaluate the sources, amongst other ideas.


Learning Outcomes:

2.6 8.1 8.2 8.3

Topics:
Sustainable Development; Power and Decision making at National and European Level.

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
Special Needs:

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An Integrated Approach to Learning, Teaching and Assessment

https://www.scoilnet.ieuploads/resources/29422/29158.pdf Added: 08 Apr 2019 Contributor: PDST Resource type: Reference / Activity

The following PDST booklet 'An Integrated Approach to Learning, Teaching and Assessment' aids teachers in considering what methodologies could be used in class to support the inquiry process.

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How it maps to the curriculum

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Agriculture Science (2019)

Strand: Teaching and Learning

Strand unit: Pedagogy

Suggestions for use: Placemat: (Page 73)
Placemat can be used to encourage students to share ideas and reach a consensus about a topic or goal. It can be used to activate prior knowledge of a topic among students. It can help students share problem solving techniques, take group notes during a video/oral presentation, to summerise learning after the class or to begin an opening review of a subsequent lesson.
Anticipation Exercise: (Page 35/36)
The anticipation exercise could be utilised to assess students prior knowledge of a topic. This will give the teacher a picture of the students’ awareness of the concepts involved. However it could also be used as an assessment tool after the learning to see if the students have understood the concepts which they were presented with.
Think-Pair-Square-Share (Page 71)
The think-pair-square-share methodology can be used throughout the inquiry process to enable reflection and discussion among the pupils on the stage of the inquiry or the economic knowledge being explored.

Asset type: Document
Language: English
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