Our EE grad students have done some fabulous work preparing for the Southern Oregon Arts and Research (SOAR) conference, happening on the Ashland SOU campus on May 14th-18th. Check out the schedule of events here: http://www.sou.edu/soar/
We will be presenting in the “Trends of EE” symposium, as well as showcasing research through posters. You’ve already seen a preview of some of our research in this post on inquiry (https://seecing.wordpress.com/2012/04/15/inquiry-letting-kids-wonder/). Here is another preview of some research.
The primary objective of environmental education is to develop environmentally responsible citizens. As a common venue for the implementation of this pursuit, wilderness-based environmental education offers extensive and unique exposure to the backcountry field opportunities. A review of the primary literature offers insights for improving the transference of environmental learning objectives to the front-country lives of students. This analysis incorporates the findings of researchers in the fields of environmental education, experiential education, adventure/outdoor education, and sustainability education. The literature offers instruction to better equip wilderness-field instructors for back-country curriculum design and implementation that will improve students’ long range environmentally responsible behavior. The authors reviewed here call upon the wilderness-based environmental educator to improve transference of pro-environmental action by deconstructing the civilization-nature dichotomy; discussing long term intentions for environmental action; helping students to feel empowered to take action on environmental issues; allowing for free-choice learning to improve emotional attachment to nature; and, by improving the quality and relevance of ecological systems and environmental issues lessons—necessarily requiring that instructors have a strong understanding in these fields.
So come on out to SOAR, and learn more about “Trends in EE”! Contact Brennan McGinnis through firstname.lastname@example.org for his annotated bibliography.