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A New Approach to Ecological Education

Engaging Students’ Imaginations in Their World

Gillian Judson

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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Index A Abram, D., 31, 82 abstract binary oppositions, 41–42, 48– 49, 111-112, 161–162 abstract reality, 46–47 Activeness principle, 65, 67–73 —and the subjunctive/verb tenses, 71 —and patterns (symmetry and tessellations), 72–73 affinity for nature, 14–15, 76, 83–84 agency, 79, 165 Alberta Ministry of Education, 17 anomalies, 46, 161, 165 anthropocentrism—see human- centeredness Ardoin, N. M., 74–75 Argast, S., 121 association with heroes, 37, 44–45, 52– 53,161, 164 authority, 46, 161, 166 B Bailey, K., 2 Barkman, R., 94 Barlow, Z., 11 Barrows, A., 79, 86 Bateson, G., 57 bees, 60, 72 being active, 68–69 binary opposites/binary oppositions—see abstract binary oppositions Biogeoscience Institute, Alberta, 16–18 biophilia, 76–77 Birchard, C., 70, 131 Biriukova, N.A., 15 Blenkinsop, S., 3, 29, 69–70 body, 6, 26, 65 —engaging in learning through Activeness, 67–73 —failure to engage in learning, 26, 29–30 —body’s learning tools—see cognitive tools of Somatic understanding —body’s understanding—see Somatic understanding Bookchin, M., 14–15, 99 Bowers, C. A., 31 brainstorming charts—see circular planning charts British Columbia Ministry of Education, 26 Brown, J., 56 Bruchac, J., 94 Buber, M., 83 Buttimer, A., 75 C Caduto, M. J., 94 Calder, T., 167 Carson, R., 28, 66, 89 Center for EcoLiteracy, 16 certainty, 46, 161 Chodakowski, A., 39–41 circular planning charts, 167–170 Cobb, E., 69, 79, 91 cognitive tools, 6, 36–37, 66–67, 80–82 —of Somatic understanding, 39–41, 161...

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