Current ecological education programs critiqued in new book

November 19, 2010

Education lecturer and director of the Imaginative Education Research Group (IERG) Gillian Judson has written a new book entitled A New Approach to Ecological Education: Engaging Students' Imaginations in Their World. Her book offers a major critique of current ecological education programs, and offers an imaginative alternative.

"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."