1. Framework
SCAN's methods of neighbourhood appraisal were initially directed at the curriculum targets in science and geography, which deal with local indicators of economic development and biodiversity. By concentrating on the UTILITARIAN and ACADEMIC features of the neighbourhood providea knowledge about the environment for making plans for improvements. They provide first hand experience of active citizenship by using value-forming, and value- exploring activities to reinforce plans for sustainable development.
Educational windows into 'neighbourhood'.
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Environmental appraisal of the material aspects of neighbourhood deals objectively with our day to day experiences of large and small universes by analysis and experiment, but does not engage emotionally or personally with them. In a purely materialistic sense, economic development is driven by scientific discovery, and proceeds on the basis that we all have short lives of heroic effort, set in a purposeless and indifferent universe. Our material symbols are scientific ones; the "solar system" model of the atom, the double helix of DNA, and the image of our blue planet set precariously on the rim of the relatively vast galaxy of the Milky Way. Increasingly, we see ourselves as part of a changing universe, a vast cosmic development from its origins in the 'Big Bang'; hugely improbable by-products of an unconscious material system which will inevitably engulf us.