These are some of the articles and news items that have previously featured on the LEEF website. All are still potentially useful but may be a little dated by now.
Third LEEF Fellowship Awards evening
Six new LEEF Fellows were created at our third LEEF Fellowship Awards evening, held on 12 January 2016 at ZSL Discovery and Learning Centre.
For those of you who missed the event (shame on you!) we heard from Moya O'Hara about her Market Detectives project. Take a look at the lovely film about Shepherd's Bush Market she made with some west London school children here.
Neil Herrington shared some of his thoughts on place based education, the need for sustainable cities, and the view that schools should be a resource for their local communities not an escape route leading bright pupils away from those communities. He also provided a stout defence for the beauty and cultural heritage of East London.
Rich Sylvester spoke about making connections to nature via storytelling. He stressed the value of playfulness and taking risks for us all, educators and children alike, and highlighted the importance of sensory awareness and making time to be silent in nature. Holim long!
Beth Collier picked up on several of these themes in her talk on nature and emotional health. She reinforced the value of authenticity in all our practices and emphasised the need to normalise connections to nature for urban populations to create positive attachments to Mother Nature.
'It's not me: it's yew' was merely the first of Trevor Bowyer's memorable rhymes and puns designed to reinforce id skills among his young audiences. Amongst the groans, he managed to reflect on and share some of the insights he has gained from the Forest School programme at Holland Park Ecology Centre.
Last, but certainly not least, former LEEF Co-ordinator, Anna Portch shared some of her views on stories as a mechanism to understand the world. She urged us to consider the impact of our deep-seated beliefs about the environment on our listeners before leaving us with the reassuring thought that woodlice will outlive us all. Oh, and then she gave out herbal teabags while dressed as a cockroach!
To read our LEEF Intern's view on the evening, see the notes below.
Notes from LEEF training Events 2015
LEEF Curriculum training: the Velodrome, 12.02.15
What children think about plants and animals: Hackney City Farm, 23.02.15
Engaging activities for pre-schoolers, 12 October 2015
Notes from our recent training day on 'Engaging activities for pre-schoolers' can be downloaded below.
Using microscopes with children and young people, 25 November 2015
Notes from our training day on 'Using microscopes with children and young people' can be downloaded below.
Older research reports etc
The British Science Association (BSA) has published A Changing Sector: Where is science communication now? (February 2016). This report is a snapshot of the science communication and public engagement sector in the UK today and contains many findings that will resonate with the related field of environmental education. Well worth a look.
Report on Climate Change Education: Acting for Change (2015)
“Education needs to be more widely recognised in climate change meetings, debates, policies and actions.” So opens the Climate Change Education: Acting for Change Report (2015) which invites interested parties to consider how public education might play a more prominent role in responses to climate change. Although it focuses on a specific situation in southern Ontario, Canada, the Report’s 3 goals:
“Climate Change Education needs to be vibrant, engaging and inspiring. . . . CCE should be bold and captivating, not tinkering on the margins but a vibrant invitation for teachers and learners to play an ever-increasing role in imagining and shaping futures.”
Download a copy of the report below.