Summer 2018 - EDUC 454 E100

Quantitative Approaches to Environmental Education (4)

Class Number: 5893

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 5:30 PM – 9:20 PM
    SUR 5100, Surrey

  • Prerequisites:

    EDUC 401 and EDUC 402 or Corequisite: EDUC 403.



Integrating mathematical, scientific and socio-cultural methods and processes of learning across the curriculum and in teaching practice. Students will experience and apply approaches that are situated in the practices of environmental and social scientists through modelling, simulation and evaluation. Students who have completed EDUC 452 may not complete this course for further credit Quantitative.


Inquiry question: How can we embed mathematical reasoning and quantitative approaches to environmental education into our pedagogy and practice?

This course will take a quantitative approach to environmental education and investigate and experience opportunities to embed these approaches into their subject speciality and pedagogy. Students will explore place-based learning, inquirybased learning, and problem-based learning in light of BC’s New Curriculum. The course will be student led and focused on BC’s New Curriculum principles of personalized learning, formative assessment, competency based learning, and Indigenous Worldviews and perspectives. Field trips or outdoor experiences, collaborative learning, and reflective practice will be integral parts of the course.


By the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Create a personal teaching philosophy on environmental education
  • Apply quantitative approaches to environmental education
  • Develop a competency based pedagogy for environmental education
  • Design and engage in an interdisciplinary environmental inquiry project
  • Integrate, honour, and embed Indigenous Worldviews and perspectives


  • Student Led Participation Activities 10%
  • Group Facilitation Activity / Unit Planning 20%
  • Weekly Journal/Reading Reflections 20%
  • IGNITE Philosophy Presentation 20%
  • Quantitative Environmental Education Inquiry Project 30%


Please note: There will be no final examination in this course.



MacKenzie, T. (2016). Dive into inquiry: Amplify learning and empower student voice.
ISBN: 9781945167140

Judson, G. (2018). A walking curriculum: Evoking wonder and developing sense of place (K-12).

Please note: this text is available on Amazon.
ISBN: 9781973540649

Additional weekly readings, videos links, and other learning resources will be made available in class and/or on Canvas.

Registrar Notes:

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