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Gerofsky, Susan; Ostertag, Julia – Australian Journal of Environmental Education, 2018
The co-authors, collaborators in garden-based teacher education, question the hegemony of grids in Western time, space and relationship structures in education, while also delving into our own complicity and entanglement with these grids. We ask: (1) Can we reject the grid in environmental education and in garden-based learning when it is an…
Descriptors: Gardening, Teacher Education, Western Civilization, Time
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Humphreys, Chloe; Blenkinsop, Sean – Australian Journal of Environmental Education, 2018
This article uses an unconventional format to explore the role of parent and nature and the development of a young child's ecological identity. It follows journal entries from a mother observing her young son, Julian, as he explores, interacts with, and learns from the Stawamus River on the west coast of British Columbia. By creating questions,…
Descriptors: Empathy, Self Concept, Environmental Education, Foreign Countries
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Elliot, Enid; Krusekopf, Frances – Australian Journal of Environmental Education, 2018
Growing a nature kindergarten that can flourish takes a community, careful planning, and sustained support. In 2011, the Sooke School District in British Columbia, Canada undertook the project of creating a nature kindergarten when outdoor programs of this kind did not exist in the Canadian public school system. Inspired by the well-established…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Kindergarten, Outdoor Education, Program Development
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Dawson, Kate; Beattie, Elizabeth – Australian Journal of Environmental Education, 2018
We tell the story of an experience Kate Dawson, her students, and three eagles had at an outdoor preschool. The experience profoundly affected Kate, and prompted us to ask the following questions: What made this experience feel so magical, and what caused it to happen? Why are these "magical moments" valuable, and how might they impact…
Descriptors: Teacher Role, Outdoor Education, Early Childhood Education, Preschool Teachers
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Piersol, Laura; Russell, Linda; Groves, Jenny – Australian Journal of Environmental Education, 2018
Within the North American public education system, institutionalised structures of schooling often prevent teachers from aligning their values with their practice when it comes to environmental education (Bowers, 1997; Weston, 2004). In response to this, this article will outline our lived experiences, as teachers and researcher, in disrupting the…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Outdoor Education, Educational Innovation, Empowerment