Teaching is the canny art of intellectual temptation - J Burner
Connection toward Matuku Link will begin with primary-school-aged children, who are generally more receptive and keen to learn and more importantly, will form the long-term support base in supporting the sites ecological, financial and cultural resilience.
Motivation may also be realized through high intakes in community education workshops which will involve adults, or through a wider family interest in their own child’s connection to the site through primary school. This offers a unique opportunity to fast forward the proposed long-term vision of multi- generational involvement in supporting Matuku Link.
Exposition should be delivered to fuel students motivation, not dampen it,strengthening attitude toward the willingness to learn about the significant importance of ecological enhancement and conservation at Matuku Link. This is imagined to be delivered in the revamped education center on site and out in the wetland, to improve stimulation and visually connect theory and practice. This will enhance the child’s personal responsibility in action, and in doing so deepens their personal connection to the site.
Direction of Activity
After the exposition, the ability to interact with the site to put in practice what students have learned should again add another layer of connection to Matuku Link. This increases the pupils understanding of obtained knowledge.This is envisioned to be achieved at different levels across the students level of
study and partnerships. In primary school, the student will only likely plant a seedling and observe ecological processes, but toward high-school and tertiary level, intensive projects and research could be facilitated using the unique environment as a study site.
Criticism & Evaluation
Regular feedback from students and other stakeholders will be valuable in the constructive conversation around how this long-term vision could be better or more effectively realized. It is a key element in valuing students and volunteers efforts and shaking things up to keep them interested and involved.
This evaluative process could be realized in feedback sessions, more creatively through student-led strategic development, or through change inspired by tertiary research conducted on site. Partnerships will be instrumental in the future of Matuku Link.
Inviting Imitation and Manipulation
Imitation is vital in the long-term knowledge dissemination strategy, with generational shifts allowing for a parent to pass knowledge down to their offspring and their offspring to theirs, following a continuum. Imitation may also occur in more basic forms such as high school students mentoring primary students or volunteers conversing with the public.
To visualize this journey in a fun way, and in keeping with a younger target- audience, a comic book style presentation was produced. The comic follows eco-warrior ‘Jaime Stevenson’, from primary school to grandfather-hood, and his life of dedication to, and enjoyment of, Matuku Link. The comic is representative of the in-depth educational journey of future Matuku Link visitors; a fun interpretation realized through a multigenerational lens. See next pages.