Embedding Climate Education in Teacher Education Courses through a Novel Framework of Climate Kind Pedagogy

TitleEmbedding Climate Education in Teacher Education Courses through a Novel Framework of Climate Kind Pedagogy
Faculty/College/UnitEducation
StatusActive
Duration2 Year
Initiation04/01/2022
Project Summary

The climate crisis, the pandemic, and related social inequities indicate the need for science education that teaches compassion and care towards the planet. Climate Kind Pedagogy cultivates climate and justice informed approaches and promotes the practice of kindness within educational settings. This project reimagines two required science methods Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) courses for elementary and secondary science specialists. We will incorporate climate education focused curriculum and document successful strategies and pedagogies to develop a novel Climate Kind Pedagogy framework for the Teacher Education Program. The project develops education resources including guidelines, curricula, and pedagogies that aims at increasing student engagement and awareness and enable educators to teach about climate emergency with goals of hope and sociopolitical action. We will deliver faculty and TA workshops on Climate Kind Pedagogy and climate change education. The team will develop training modules as well as an open-source resource library.

Funding Details
Year 1: Project YearYear 1
Year 1: Funding Year2022/2023
Year 1: Project TypeSmall TLEF
Year 1: Principal InvestigatorKshamta Hunter
Year 1: Funded Amount29,978
Year 1: Team Members

Kshamta Hunter, Manager, Sustainability Engagement, UBC Sustainability Initiative / PhD Candidate, Curriculum and Pedagogy, Faculty of Education
Bob Woollard, Professor, Family Practice, Faculty of Medicine
Sandra Scott, Professor of Teaching, Curriculum and Pedagogy, Faculty of Education
Douglas Adler, Assistant Professor of Teaching, Science Education, Faculty of Education
Oksana Bartosh, Sessional Instructor, Science Education / Science and Environmental Education, Faculty of Education
Sarah Martz, Sessional Instructor, Science Education, Faculty of Education / Vice Principal, Tsleil-Waututh Nation School
Amanda Unruh, Health Promotion Specialist, Health Promotion and Education, UBC Wellness Centre