A Learning Theory map

By | November 16th, 2017|Blog|

If you've ever been confused by the many different learning theories that surround us, you might find this map of interest.  It has been created by participants in the EU-funded HoTEL project.  (HOlistic approach to Technology Enhanced Learning) is a support action of the 7th Framework Programme which aims to design, develop and test a support model for [...]

The golden promise of global learning

By | November 14th, 2017|Blog|

The Global Learning Programme (GLP) says that it is building a national network of like-minded schools, committed to equipping their pupils to make a positive contribution to a globalised world by helping their teachers to deliver effective teaching and learning about development and global issues at Key Stages 2 and 3.  It says that by [...]

A new Ronald Rovers blog

By | November 9th, 2017|Blog|

Todays post is from Ronald Rovers and is a cautionary tale about our habit of using resource stocks in our pursuit of the good life at a speed beyond natural replenishment.  This is how it begins: "Suppose you eat a orange from a well known brand like Jaffa from Israel, you might expect there is nothing [...]

Natural England’s latest strategic research round up

By | November 7th, 2017|Blog|

You can read all the latest Natural England newsletter here.  Environmental education highlights include: The state of school residentials in England: 2017 A new study examining ‘the state of school residentials in England: 2017’ has been released by Learning Away.  The study assesses the quantity and quality of residentials currently delivered in schools and is [...]

Taking primary pupils on a farm visit

By | November 2nd, 2017|Blog|

Today's post is c/o the BERA Blog.  Its focus is the whys and why nots of taking primary pupils on a farm visit and is written by Leanne Mattu  and Bethan Wood.  It draws on research funded by the Mains of Loirston Charitable Trust into the use of farm visits for primary school pupils, and how [...]

Children’s engagement with nature

By | October 31st, 2017|Blog|

Today's featured blog is by Nadia von Benzon, a Lecturer in Human Geography at Lancaster University.  In this, she discusses her research into children’s engagement with nature, particularly the experiences of disabled children, and the use of nature for children’s health and wellbeing.  You'll find this (and other blogs) on the Tree Charter website. The post begins: [...]

Why Connection with Nature Matters

By | October 26th, 2017|Blog|

Today's post is from the PSYCHREG blog, and is by Miles Richardson, Head of Psychology at the University of Derby and founder and coordinator of the Nature Connectedness Research Group. He says that whilst there is plenty of research to demonstrate that spending time in nature is good for us, there's rather less to explain why this should be [...]

September Natural England Research Round up

By | October 24th, 2017|Blog|

You can see the September round up of evidence and reports, policy agenda developments, large scale delivery sector initiatives, resources and news from Natural England here.  This supports the Strategic Research Groups for Learning in Natural Environments and Outdoors for All to develop better coherence and collaboration in research and to improve links between research, policy [...]

Scotland’s Vision 2030+

By | October 19th, 2017|Blog|

As you might recall, in March 2013 Scottish government ministers accepted all 31 recommendations of the Learning for Sustainability (LfS) report which put forward that every learner should receive their entitlement to LfS and every practitioner should demonstrate LfS in their practice.  In addition, it called for every school and centre to develop a coherent, whole school approach [...]

IUCN and the Sustainable Development Goals

By | October 17th, 2017|Blog|

IUCN says that it champions nature’s role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  It is the UN agency whose role it is to monitor progress towards the biodiversity-related targets amongst the goals.  IUCN understands that the 2030 Sustainable Development agenda, and the 17 SDGs that underpin it, recognise that the natural world and its life-giving services must [...]