For students to gain maximum benefit when visiting local government sites or listening to local government speakers, you should encourage speakers to incorporate a variety of techniques. They might:
It should be remembered that most local council speakers have not been trained to educate young people and so you will need to play a supporting role. The critical factor in ensuring a successful excursion or guest speaker visit is to maximise the opportunity to appreciate the site or to gain exposure to the specialised content. Pre-visit teaching and follow-up activities are very important.
For a succinct summary of pedagogical strategies for civics and citizenship education and pedagogical strategies for civic action involving decision making, refer to Appendices 1 and 2 of Linking Discovering Democracy and Studies of Society and Environment in Queensland Schools: Years 4-7. A similar booklet for Years 8-10 contains the same information.