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Sustainability 2016, 8(11), 1096; doi:10.3390/su8111096

Trans-Disciplinary Education for Sustainable Marine and Coastal Management: A Case Study in Taiwan

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Foreign Languages Education Center, National Kaohsiung Marine University, Kaohsiung 81157, Taiwan
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Institute of Marine Affair and Business Management, National Kaohsiung Marine University, Kaohsiung 81157, Taiwan
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Institute of Ocean Technology and Marine Affair, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan 70101, Taiwan
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Department of Marine Leisure Management, National Kaohsiung Marine University, Kaohsiung 81157, Taiwan
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Academic Editor: Marc A. Rosen
Received: 13 July 2016 / Revised: 16 October 2016 / Accepted: 19 October 2016 / Published: 26 October 2016
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Education and Approaches)
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Abstract

The present study aims to investigate the effect of a trans-disciplinary design of curricula, deemed a powerful tool for teaching and research on complex environmental problems, with a goal to help solve the real problems that climate change has brought to the coastal environment in Taiwan. Three major real-life problems in southern Taiwan—declining mullet fisheries, flooding, and coral bleaching—were integrated into four courses. Adopting a qualitative case study method, the researchers investigated the student perceptions of the trans-disciplinary learning experiences, their attitudes toward marine and coastal environmental protection, and their capability of solving the problems related to marine and coastal environments. The researchers employed various methods to analyze the student reflection reports, student self-evaluation forms, and the tape-recorded class meetings. The findings suggest the following: the trans-disciplinary curriculum stands to be an innovative yet indispensable design for coastal management education; such a curriculum benefits students by equipping them with essential knowledge and skills to succeed in future marine conservation; action learning for marine and coastal sustainability serves as the final goal of trans-disciplinary learning project; a trans-disciplinary case study on the design of curricula provides effective knowledge integration of marine and coastal sustainability. View Full-Text
Keywords: trans-disciplinary; coastal management; climate change; case study trans-disciplinary; coastal management; climate change; case study
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Lee, H.-C.; Ting, K.-H.; Chang, Y.; Lee, M.-T.; Liu, W.-H. Trans-Disciplinary Education for Sustainable Marine and Coastal Management: A Case Study in Taiwan. Sustainability 2016, 8, 1096.

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