Developing interactive and print resources for sustainability educators in innovative outdoor classroom pedagogies
This application supports the development of interactive online and print curricular resources for UBC Education students interested in environmental education and in learning to teach in outdoor classrooms. A team of international UBC graduate students will develop an interactive website and book that introduce innovative approaches to hands-on multimodal, nature-based pedagogy for teaching mathematics, sciences, fine and applied arts, language arts, and other school subjects, using the rich cultural and ecological systems of school gardens and other outdoor classroom sites. Materials have been developed and piloted in the first year of this project, and will be published in 2016 to coincide with the Faculty of Education’s proposed Year of Sustainability and Ecojustice Education. The website and book will provide long- term resources to benefit educators at UBC and globally, providing a forum for continuing discussion, collaboration and new approaches and ideas. They will help promote UBC’s already strong reputation as a hub for research, teaching and leadership in sustainability education.