Curriculum & Instruction: Nature-based and Place-conscious Practices MEd - Fall 2017


Enhance your professional capacities to meaningfully integrate nature-based and place-conscious learning within your educational practice, through a community-oriented, experiential and inquiry-based approach in our Master of Education (MEd) program. Explore philosophical underpinnings and develop ongoing relationships with specific places and communities as a foundation for your personal and professional practices.

Become immersed in local ways of knowing and being in the world through holistic, reflexive, reflective, experiential, as well as relational practices as you study in various locations within the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows School District and other locations within the Lower Mainland.

In this program you will:

  • deepen your sense of nature as a place for learning, as a means for learning, as a partner in learning, and a teacher in its own right
  • critically examine current directions in BC Education through a lens of nature-based place-conscious learning and explore implications for practice
  • develop the capacity to meaningfully integrate nature-based place-conscious learning across subject areas and engage in collective practice
  • engage in practitioner-inquiry and reflective practice stemming from encounters and relationships with the natural world
  • adopt ethics and values embodied within place-based relationships to sustain the development of civic responsibility in the context of environmental issues
  • cultivate educational change through place-consciousness
  • develop leadership capacities within the context of nature-based and place-conscious education

Ideally suited for

Teachers of all grade levels, adult and community educators, Aboriginal/First Nation educators, outdoor/experiential educators, and other educators such as park interpreters or naturalists.


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