"We wrote a letter to Mrs T. to visit Australia and stay with our friends. We would work on the plane": the Postcards Across Borders Project in Scotland and Australia

Sorin, Reesa, Stannard, Carol, Gordon, Iain, and Brooks, Tamara (2014) "We wrote a letter to Mrs T. to visit Australia and stay with our friends. We would work on the plane": the Postcards Across Borders Project in Scotland and Australia. In: Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Imagination and Education. From: IERG 2014: 9th International Conference on Imagination and Education, 2-4 July 2014, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

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Abstract

Since Louv's 2005 introduction of the term, 'Nature Deficit Disorder', which refers to the growing disconnect between children and the natural environment, there has been a growing body of research into children's perceptions of nature and understanding of sustainability. Further, educators are expected to find ways to 'reconnect' our students with the natural world.

This research sought to determine and enhance students' local and global environmental understandings creatively, through postcards shared in a secure online environment, with students in another country. Using arts-based methods, students at each venue shared information about their environment and undertook activities to support their growing environmental understanding, such as researching animals from the other country and planning a trip to Australia to visit their online friends. This learning was not only engaging and motivational, but also demonstrated an increased understanding for the natural environment at each venue and globally.

Item ID: 36788
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
Keywords: arts-based research; environmental sustainability
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Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2015 03:38
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930102 Learner and Learning Processes @ 50%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy @ 50%
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