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Outdoor environmental education and sense of place in Sydney-theacher's view of their relationship
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning. Linköping University, Faculty of Educational Sciences.
2010 (English)In: Book of Abstracts: Biology Education for Social and Sustainable Development / [ed] CH Diong & Mijung Kim, National Institute of Educatio, Nanyang Technological University, 2010, 34-35 p.Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Today we live in a global world and an interesting concern is what this means for our relation to local places where we live our daily life. In what way does schooling contribute to students’ development of a sense of place? What role does encounters with nature play in environmental education/education for sustainability? This paper addresses how Environmental Education Centre (EEC) officers and science high school teachers in Sydney view the relationship between outdoor environmental education and students’ development of a sense of place. Examining the EEC officers’ and teachers’ own associations with having a sense of place was also an objective of this study. Semi-structured interviews with thirteen EEC officers and eight science high school teachers revealed that sense of place can be viewed as familiarity with the local environment but also as part of a social-ecological system in a broader sense. Outdoor environmental education was considered important in many ways. Sydney is a multicultural society with immigrant students from all over the world and encounters with nature was regarded important as a way to increase Australian, and particularly immigrant students’ understanding of the social-ecological systems they are part of. Fear for nature was common among students and encounters with nature were believed to install positive feelings for nature and to implement a responsible sustainable behaviour. A democratic aspect was the EECs’ contributions to give all students opportunity to experience natural as well as urban places of importance and in that way increase a sense of place for Sydney.

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National Institute of Educatio, Nanyang Technological University, 2010. 34-35 p.
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environmental education, outdoor education, sustainability education, sense of place, nature experience
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-66377ISBN: 978-981-08-6929-8OAI: diva2:403471
23rd Biennial Conference of the Asian Association for Biology Education, 18-20 October, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Available from: 2011-03-17 Created: 2011-03-14 Last updated: 2011-04-12Bibliographically approved

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