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Bridging the gap between science and the practice of learning for nature, the environment and sustainability
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Education in times of environmental crises. Teaching children to be agents of change

New Routledge book edited by Ken Winograd. The core assumption of this book is the interconnectedness of humans and nature, and that the future of the planet depends on humans’ recognition and care for this interconnectedness. This comprehensive resource supports the work of pre-service and practising elementary teachers as they teach their students to be part of the world as engaged citizens, advocates for social and ecological justice.

Challenging readers to more explicitly address current environmental issues with students in their classrooms, the book presents a diverse set of topics from a variety of perspectives. Its broad social/cultural perspective emphasizes that social and ecological justice are interrelated. Coverage includes descriptions of environmental education pedagogies such as nature-based experiences and place-based studies; peace-education practices; children doing environmental activism; and teachers supporting children emotionally in times of climate disruption and tumult. The pedagogies described invite student engagement and action in the public sphere. Children are represented as ‘agents of change’ engaged in social and environmental issues and problems through their actions both local and global.

Have a look inside this book: https://www.book2look.com/embed/9781317371762
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What Educators Can Learn From Pete Seeger

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Courtney Hanes has some interesting ideas about current education. She shares her thoughts on things we can learn from Pete Seeger (1919-2014). Mrs. Hanes is an online Literature teacher at the Riverside Virtual School in Riverside, Ca.

 

"Pete Seeger had a public life. He was a critical pedagogist who questioned the status quo, and through his music, attempted to make sense of cultural situations and circumstances. He was active politically and socially, and once said, “The world will be saved when people realize we all have to pitch in. You can’t just pay your money and hope that someone else will do the job right.” With all the current talk about Common Core Standards, I can’t help but wonder why there is not a larger focus on civics education, on creating thoughtful and informed citizens who care enough to get involved, and are liberated to make a difference. This is what educators can learn from Pete Seeger."

 

Read more: http://gettingsmart.com/2014/01/educators-can-learn-pete-seeger/

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A Pedagogy for Uncertain Times

Many scholars agree that it is essential in our rapidly changing world for young people to develop ‘uncertainty competences’ comprising specific sets of skills, knowledge, attitudes and capabilities needed to deal with uncertainty, ambiguity and complexity in diverse contexts. Learning to handle knowledge uncertainty requires learning environments tolerating, even inviting, uncertainty into the learning process. Terms describing this need have been used by Gordon (‘welcoming confusion, embracing uncertainty in learning’), Barnett (‘pedagogy for supercomplexity’), English (‘need for discontinuity in learning’) and Buckingham (‘need for optimally productive measure of epistemological chaos’) amongst others. Education for Sustainability (EfS) features subject areas such as ‘climate change’ hallmarked by complexity and uncertainty. Such topics can be difficult to deal with in the subject-delineated world of formal education. What does the ideal learning environment and teaching approach for the development of these competences look like? This paper will critically examine the literature and explore the dearth of coherent EfS-based empirical studies.

http://en.konektoconsultancy.nl/uploads/5/1/1/1/5111436/tauritz__2016__pedagogy_for__uncertain_times__final_.pdf
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