Learning Environments for Environmental Education | Simon Fraser University | Research, sustainability and learning | Scoop.it

Paper presented by David Zandvliet at the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Science and Environmental Education. November, 2007.


The objectives of this research program are:

1) to develop tools and processes for measuring, evaluating and describing environmental and place-based education programs and their associated learning environments

2) To provide rich and extensive descriptions (quantitative and qualitative) of how these settings can be characterized and how they differ from other types of learning in classroom based settings and

3) to devise interventions, detail how they unfold in extensive case studies, and evaluate how they impact learning, learning environments, teacher engagement and other community effects.


This paper reports on a pilot study which employed a learning environment approach and further, highlights our current work in developing a specialised learning environment instrument: the Place-based Learning and Constructivist Environment Survey (or PLACES).