Secondary School Resources
Rural Development Case Study: Tobermory, Isle of Mull
The teaching resource was developed by teachers Anna Topping and Becky Smith who kindly volunteered their time and expertise to HWDT in 2008.
Summary: This group of activities considers the challenges and opportunities for the future development of the marine resources surrounding Tobermory, Mull.
Aim: This resource has been designed to raise awareness of how the physical and human characteristics of a remote coastal area can be managed sustainably. It encourages students to consider the opportunities and challenges for villages like Tobermory, Isle of Mull. Students will consider the interest groups involved. This can be taught as an on-going project or by isolating the key questions as stand-alone activities. Suggested activities can be used as starters, main activities or plenaries depending on your preference and resources available. While this resource uses Tobermory as a case study, please note that the information given may not accurately represent the town.
Key Skills targeted in this project:
- Use and interpretation of resources (such as data, maps, photos or text)
- Considering the opinions and needs of different user groups
- Decision making
- Planning how to collect primary and secondary data
- Data presentation and analysis
Activity key questions: Teaching ideas:
1. What are the physical and human features of Tobermory and the Isle of Mull? Using sightings data and tourism data, photographs and student research to give a picture of what Tobermory is like.
2. What opportunities are there for development? Using suggested schemes and devising their own.
3. What are the pressures and limitations for any future development? Identifying the possible problems that developers may face in implementing schemes. Including the possible conflicts between conservation of the physical environment and meeting human needs.
4. If there is to be sustainable development in Tobermory, who are the interested groups? Class discussion about who might be interested in development in Tobermory and why.
5. How could you monitor or assess the success of the chosen development plan/s? What techniques could you use to monitor or assess your chosen scheme? How could these data be interpreted?
Task One: What are the physical and human features of Tobermory and the Isle of Mull? (174KB)