Ecopedagogy

A Satellite group

Ecopedagogy is “an approach to education that has emerged from leftist educators in Central and South America … that seeks to re-educate “planetary citizens” to care for, respect and take action for all life.” www.practicingfreedom.org

Researchers in Ecopedagogy ground their thinking in the work of Paulo Freire and other critical educators. Key themes within the field include: planetary citizenship, as articulated for example through the “Earth charter”; the transformative role of the arts in education; and the notion of “care” as a principle for re-orienting society.

Our research agenda embraces any project that might, in a general sense, fall under the heading of “Education for Sustainability” although, following work in Ecopedagogy, we are not uncritical of this term. We have set up an Ecopedagogy reading group which is open to those working both within the Faculty of Education and beyond it as a way of exploring this emerging agenda.

If, as renowned sociologist Anthony Giddens suggests, we are “off the edge of history”, then new ways of thinking about and doing ‘education’ must be found.  This is the challenging focus for this new research theme group.

The theme coordinators are Nicola Kemp and Alan Pagden.

 

The Connecting Children and Nature Network (Kent)

The Connecting Children and Nature Network is a collaborative partnership led by Canterbury Christ Church University open to all individuals and organisations with an interest in this agenda.

Through the Network strong collaborative relationships have been developed with a range of local organisations resulting in new research and knowledge exchange activity. This has included a range of engagement events as well as an Academic Business Partnership between CCCU and Kent Wildlife Trust to evaluate their forest school programme.

Investment from Artswork (2014-15) has supported further collaborative activity specifically aimed at connecting children with the natural environment through arts and culture as well as the development of a website.

www.ccnnkent.org.uk

(March 2015) Kemp, N. ‘Building a Partnership for Change: The Connecting Children and Nature Network’paper presented to Nature Connections conference, University of Derby

(2015) Scoffham, S & Kemp, N. ‘It’s Contagious! Developing Sustainability Perspectives in Academic Life at a UK University’ Chapter 7  in W. Leal Filho et al. (eds.), Integrating Sustainability Thinking in Science and Engineering Curricula, World Sustainability Series DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-09474-8_7, Springer International Publishing Switzerland. Read this chapter

(2015) Dr Nicola Kemp  ‘Building a Partnership for Change: The Connecting Children and Nature Network’ Local Economy DOI: 10.1177/0269094215578225

September 2014: Dr Stephen Scoffham & Dr Nicola Kemp ‘It’s Contagious! Developing Sustainability Perspectives in Academic Life at a UK University’Paper presented at the 2nd World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities, Manchester University.

July 2014: Dr Nicola Kemp Executive Report of the Academic Business Partnership between Kent Wildlife Trust and Canterbury Christ Church University (unpublished)

June 2014: Dr Nicola Kemp : ‘Building a Partnership for Change: The Connecting Children and Nature Network’paper presented to Education for Sustainable Development London Annual Conference, London South Bank University

May 2014: CCCU’s Futures InitiativeGrass root and Green Shoots’ Higher Education Academy (HEA) ‘Green Academy’ workshop, Blake Hall College, London.

May 2014: Professor Peter Vujakovic and Dr Nicola Kemp Inside Out and Upside Down’ Presentation to the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC)Annual Conference, Nottingham Trent University

January 2014: Dr Nicola Kemp: ‘Building a Partnership for Change: The Connecting Children and Nature Network’paper presented to the Copernicus Alliance(European Network on Higher Education for Sustainable Development) Conference at University of Gloucestershire.

The newly formed ecopedagogy reading group meets on a monthly basis at the Chocolate Cafe.  Having started with Jonathon Porritt’s ‘The World We Made’, the group will be reading Naomi Klein’s ‘This Changes Everything’. 

If you are interested in joining us, please email nicola.kemp@canterbury.ac.uk

 

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