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  Issue and Action Selection Criteria

The following list has been used by past classes to select which issue and action to focus on:

  • Are we interested in this issue? Is the issue important to us?
  • Is the issue a real problem in our community or a community we care about?
  • Are relevant resources and information available to us?
  • Can we finish an important piece of this project within our time limits?
  • Is there sufficient evidence to warrant action on this issue?
  • Are alternative actions available? What are they?
  • Is the action that the group has chosen the most effective one available?
  • Are there ecological consequences of this action? If so, what are they?
  • Are there legal consequences of this action? If so, what are they?
  • Will there be social consequences of this action? If so, what are they?
  • Will there be economic consequences of this action? If so, what are they?
  • Do the personal values of members of the group support this action?
  • Does this action address short or long term causes?
  • Does the group understand the beliefs and values of others who are involved in this issue?
  • Does the group understand the procedures necessary to take this action?
  • Does the group have the skills needed to complete this action?
  • Does this group have the courage to take this action?
  • What educational benefits will be obtained?
  • Will people feel empowered as a result of working on this project?
  • Are valuable relationships formed as a result of the project?

(Compiled by MJ Barrett from: Stapp, W., Wals, A.,& Stankorb, S. (1996). Environmental Education for Empowerment: Action Research and Community Problem Solving. Kendall-Hunt and UNESCO, Teaching and Learning for a Sustainable Future www.unesco.org/education/tlsf/)

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Revised: Monday September 21 2015


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