Education is an essential element in addressing the persistent environmental problems society is currently facing. This unit examines issues related to the declining opportunity for students and community to engage with outdoor learning and their lack of opportunity to make a positive impact on their local environment. Connecting people with nature has profound benefits on knowledge retention, and supports students to develop investigative skills, to acquire an attitude of care for the environment and to practise the principles of ecological sustainability. In this unit, participants will gain an advanced understanding of contemporary environmental education theory, research and practice. Using Taronga Conservation Society of Australia as a case study, current environmental education programs that demonstrate positive conservation outcomes will be investigated. This elective provides participants with the knowledge and skills to be effective environmental educators. Various teaching pedagogies will be explored which will help participants gain the expertise to move beyond the classroom with their practice. The major focus of this unit is to teach current and aspiring educators how to design authentic environmental education programs, for all academic levels, that will enable their students to participate actively as citizens in protecting the environment and contribute to the development of an enduring sustainable, environmentally sound society.
Taronga Zoo, Sydney site: 2x6 hr weekend seminars, 6x2 hr evening seminars
Understanding Conservation Science (new proposal) EDPC5022 Design for Learning