Yearly Archives: 2018

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Inside The Birding Activity Bag

By | December 24th, 2018|Environmental Education Feature|

This article  by Joy A. Bell is a free download from the Summer 2018 Green Teacher magazine.  It begins: ENVIRONMENTAL LITERACY is a cumulative process of learning a variety of concepts, skills, and knowledge of the natural world. It can be especially impactful to introduce children to this process.1 The challenge is finding a hook or entry point. An [...]

LEEF launches the King’s report on secondary environmental education

By | December 18th, 2018|Blog|

This is a brief report from LEEF [ London Environmental Educators' Forum London's Professional Network of Environmental Educators ] on last month's launch at King’s College London of the two research reports into environmental education in secondary schools.  LEEF writes: A big thank you to Melissa Glackin and Heather King for presenting their report and to Bill Scott [...]

December 17 – News Round up

By | December 17th, 2018|Webwatch|

You can read about Ofsted's proposed new inspection framework here.  This will be open for consultation in the New Year.  It proposes the introduction of a new judgement for quality of education which will replace the current outcomes for pupils / teaching, learning and assessment judgements.  The 3 other inspection judgements that Ofsted will consult on are personal development [...]

Reconnecting people to nature: from crèche to career

By | December 11th, 2018|Environmental Education Feature|

Louise Matschke, Education & Training Manager at the Cape Town Environmental Education Trust (CTEET) writes about environmental education in Cape Town. The metropolitan city of Cape Town, in South Africa, is known for its two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Table Mountain and Robben Island; the only two sites in the world that are in view [...]

The Pete Cooper Wildlife Blog

By | December 11th, 2018|Blog|

Pete Cooper's blog has a wide range of feature articles.  Recent ones have had a rewilding theme and build on Steve Carver's post last January which we reported on then: REWILDING AT RAU/CIRENCESTER COLLEGE - BUILDING BRIDGES? NICE (TO LIVE WITH) BEAVER: ADVENTURES IN BAVARIA SILENT FIELDS REVISITED: DON’T LET SHIFTING BASELINES TELL US HOW MUCH NATURE [...]

December 10 – News Round up

By | December 10th, 2018|Webwatch|

UNESCO's Commitment to Biodiversity (Connecting People and Nature for an Inspiring Future) is a new publication that highlights some of UNESCO's biodiversity-related actions and solutions that have been implemented, along with suggestions for improvement and innovation.  This is how it begins: "Biodiversity is the living fabric of our planet.  It underpins human wellbeing in the present and [...]

More from Natural England

By | December 4th, 2018|Blog|

Here's more evidence and reports, policy agenda developments, large scale delivery sector initiatives, resources and news items.  This supports the Strategic Research Network for Learning in Natural Environments and Outdoors for All to develop better coherence and collaboration in research and to improve links between research, policy and practice in these areas: International perspectives on Forest [...]

December 3 – News Round up

By | December 3rd, 2018|Webwatch|

NAEE is contributing to the ESD strand of the 2019 ASE conference in Birmingham on January 10th.  Our two sessions at 1000 and 1500 will explore how STEM subjects can enable students to learn about the key environmental issues that we face. The full programme is here.   There is a UNESCO global education meeting on 4th December and part of [...]

More Children and Nature research

By | November 27th, 2018|Blog|

The Children & Nature research network has three new features on education: Wild Pedagogies proposes a different way of being in and learning about the world This paper presents Wild Pedagogies as a project and a concept. As a project, the term refers to the on-going work of international scholars looking to education as a change [...]

November 26 – News Round up

By | November 26th, 2018|Webwatch|

The Children & Nature Network reports that researchers from the Universities of Manchester and Cardiff found that conversations between parents and their kids were much more "responsive and connected" when they were outdoors as opposed to when they were talking inside.  The researchers suggest that the study demonstrates that natural environments can significantly enhance social interactions, in [...]