What if ecological literacy became a core educational standard in our schools? How might teachers interpret the curriculum?
Environmental Learning and Experience
Principal Investigator: Dr. David Zandvliet
Funding Agencies: SSHRC and Vancouver Foundation
How This Project is Carried Out
The primary objectives of this SSHRC and Vancouver Foundation-funded program are to disseminate, deepen and expand the current research on environmental learning and education for sustainable development to K-12 teachers, and to seek greater engagement from community stakeholders (parent groups, business and community organizations, NGOs, First Nations, federal, provincial and municipal governments).
There is a growing interest in environmental learning and sustainability among educators, and recent developments in British Columbia curricula have responded to this increasing awareness and demand. In 2007, a new provincial framework for K-12 environmental education – Environmental Learning and Experience (ELE) – was spearheaded by project lead, David Zandvliet, and SFU, along with the Environmental Educators Provincial Specialists’ Association (EEPSA) of the British Columbia Teachers’ and Metro Vancouver. It is now available on the BC Ministry of Education’s website to assist educators in integrating the environment and sustainability into their teaching practices.
Why This Project Matters
Where to Learn More
Case Study: Scott Barnes
Case Study: Sarekha Neel
Case Study: Caroline Brooke
Making Teaching and Learning About Sustainability Matters