A New Approach to Ecological Education: Engaging Students' Imaginations in Their World
Ecological education is becoming a major area of interest worldwide, and schools are increasingly being called upon to address global and local ecological concerns. Unfortunately, most teachers have limited or no training in the knowledge and skills required to support their students’ sense of connection to the natural world. Moreover, they have been trained to teach in ways that often marginalize the imagination in learning. This book illustrates how imagination and the development of ecological understanding are closely connected. It offers teachers a practical guide to teaching in ecological and imaginative ways – needed support to establishing more ecologically-oriented education in all classrooms. As imagination takes a central position in schools, all teaching and learning can improve as a result.
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A Brief Overview of Current Approaches
A New Approach to Ecological EducationEngaging
What Is Imaginative Ecological Education?
Problems and Possibilities
Lesson Planning Templates and Detailed Examples
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