Adaptive Learning Theme


Adaptive Learning Theme

Adaptive Learning Theme

Adaptive learning is crucial for coastal organisations to navigate and improve their governance processes during times of complexity and change. The Adaptive Learning Theme presents a toolkit that provides content on both the theory of adaptive learning and examples of practice. For example, the toolkit incorporates 15 case studies at the local, national and international levels on coastal management drawing on principles and practices of adaptive learning. The case studies provide coastal organisations with examples of adaptive learning across various contexts (e.g. various scales and issues). Primary case studies from Sunshine Coast Council, Coolum Coastcare, the CSIRO, and Healthy Waterways are also completed and included.  The toolkit also has content on how to become an adaptive learning organisation and includes learning tools and examples of what an adaptive learning organisation would look like and do.

What are we learning for?

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The coastal zone is valued by many communities who rely on these diverse systems to meet fundamental needs and established ways of life. Located in the dynamic and transitional space between the marine and terrestrial ecosystems, the coastal zone is one of the most biologically productive ecosystems directly supporting the nutritional needs of many communities and indirectly supporting many others through contributions to marine and terrestrial ecosystems.

What is adaptive learning?

Adaptive learning draws on organisational learning, sustainability learning and adaptive management to institutionalise responsive learning processes for improved integrated coastal zone management (ICZM). As with most reflective learning practices, the processes of adaptive learning are cyclic and incremental with each stage providing the foundation for the next.

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