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OEEDU5003 Connecting with
Nature
Week one
A mix of vocational and socially critical reflection
(What???)
Educational ideology revisited
• To prepare students for work
• A prior determination of contentVocational
• Preparation f...
Educational ideology revisited
• End job analysed and delineated
• Master/teacher is authorityVocational
• 3 ‘R’s’ to deve...
Educational ideology revisited
•Competency based assessment
(CBT)
•Reproduction of social order
Vocational
•Middle order k...
So what should we do about
this?
To be socially critical
we need to be open
to question taken for
granted assumptions
and values.
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So…
You can shape how this course
goes
On Moodle now.
Metaphors we live by
A nature language
Keeping a prof. journal
Collaborative/article review
sessions
Collaborative/article review
sessions
In specific class times as listed in CD.
Research/read 2 papers of interest (by week...
Nature Diary
Log. Diary. Journal? See Moodle
Nature Diary
Constructed knowing = a blend of both
rational and emotive thought.
Nature Diary
• Robust, portable, insightful, reflective,
critical, formative, a resource.
• Three tasks
Three tasks
1. A nature autobiography
2. A Nature diary that records place visits
and summary learning entry
- a project o...
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Conceptual
framework
We need to think and understand
how this course ‘hangs together’
conceptually.
3 questions for this course
1. How do we understand our connections
to nature?
2. What are the consequences of
connections...
Language for HNR is a problem
• Language development and conceptual
development are parallel phenomena.
• Patterns of huma...
20
Metaphorical images as a guide
to human nature relationships
A metaphor is not a reality – but
then reality isn’t real ...
21
Knowledge is culturally
constructed and socially
mediated.
How much memory do you need for a months
internet use?
What ...
22
Metaphorical images
Nature as a...?
Metaphorical images
Because language is metaphorical and also
imaginary, words are imbedded with
assumed behaviours and va...
24
Language and metaphors
Make a list of UP words!
Make a list of DOWN words.
Museum
&
Resource
store
Cathedral
Close Friend
Part of self
Nature as
an object
Nature as
a subject
Playground
&
Gymnasium...
"people never used to go just hunting
especially, they used to go walking around
and see what might happen. They walked
fo...
Natural Place Activity
• Close eyes – imagine a natural place from
childhood or some time in the past
• Think about what t...
Autobiography: Connection Story
- see diary outline
• Do you have a connection with
natural places?
–If so, how do you con...
Autobiography: Connection Story
- see diary outline
• Are there particular experiences that
helped you connect with natura...
Autobiography: Connection Story
- see diary outline
• What does the environment /
natural world mean to you?
–What has inf...
Nature Diary Outline – Assessment
criteria
Choosing a place – it must be accessible!!
– Canadian Forest
– The Gong
– White...
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Connecting with Nature wk 1 - Human nature relationships

  1. 1. 1 OEEDU5003 Connecting with Nature Week one A mix of vocational and socially critical reflection (What???)
  2. 2. Educational ideology revisited • To prepare students for work • A prior determination of contentVocational • Preparation for life. Personal development • Curriculum based on major disciplines Liberal progressive • Active social members to create a fairer and less troubled world • Knowledge is socially constructed. Reflection and critique are central Socially critical
  3. 3. Educational ideology revisited • End job analysed and delineated • Master/teacher is authorityVocational • 3 ‘R’s’ to develop practical, social and expressive knowledge • Progressively yields control, strong knowledge base Liberal progressive • More negotiated learning • Teachers as co-ordinator / facilitator Socially critical
  4. 4. Educational ideology revisited •Competency based assessment (CBT) •Reproduction of social order Vocational •Middle order knowing (Meritocracy) •Serves conservative interests Liberal progressive •High order critical thinking and evaluation. Constructed knowledge •Critique and emancipation Socially critical
  5. 5. So what should we do about this?
  6. 6. To be socially critical we need to be open to question taken for granted assumptions and values.
  7. 7. 7 So… You can shape how this course goes
  8. 8. On Moodle now. Metaphors we live by A nature language Keeping a prof. journal
  9. 9. Collaborative/article review sessions
  10. 10. Collaborative/article review sessions In specific class times as listed in CD. Research/read 2 papers of interest (by week?). (22 x 2 = 44 articles total!) You will share your summary and implications in no more than 5 minutes. Bring 23, one page (max.) copies of your summary of main points = the readings packet! Send a PDF of the articles to Geoff.
  11. 11. Nature Diary
  12. 12. Log. Diary. Journal? See Moodle
  13. 13. Nature Diary Constructed knowing = a blend of both rational and emotive thought.
  14. 14. Nature Diary • Robust, portable, insightful, reflective, critical, formative, a resource. • Three tasks
  15. 15. Three tasks 1. A nature autobiography 2. A Nature diary that records place visits and summary learning entry - a project of re-connection! 3. An in-class presentation More on this later
  16. 16. 17 Conceptual framework We need to think and understand how this course ‘hangs together’ conceptually.
  17. 17. 3 questions for this course 1. How do we understand our connections to nature? 2. What are the consequences of connections? 3. How do we teach to develop stronger connections to nature?
  18. 18. Language for HNR is a problem • Language development and conceptual development are parallel phenomena. • Patterns of human to nature interaction? (on Moodle) How do you interact with nature? • What are the patterns of interaction we have that make life with nature rich? What things that are part of a flourishing relationship with nature? Make a list!
  19. 19. 20 Metaphorical images as a guide to human nature relationships A metaphor is not a reality – but then reality isn’t real either! (Multiple constructed realities)
  20. 20. 21 Knowledge is culturally constructed and socially mediated. How much memory do you need for a months internet use? What wood is best to burn on a fire? How do you cook on an open fire? Where can you catch fish and how?
  21. 21. 22 Metaphorical images Nature as a...?
  22. 22. Metaphorical images Because language is metaphorical and also imaginary, words are imbedded with assumed behaviours and values. http://theliterarylink.com/metaphors.html (link on Moodle, or scan => )
  23. 23. 24 Language and metaphors Make a list of UP words! Make a list of DOWN words.
  24. 24. Museum & Resource store Cathedral Close Friend Part of self Nature as an object Nature as a subject Playground & Gymnasium Perspectives of Nature (Martin 1996)
  25. 25. "people never used to go just hunting especially, they used to go walking around and see what might happen. They walked for their energy, or to make their body feel good, or to brighten their spirit, just walking around on Country." pg. 150 Iwenhe Tyrerrtye – on what it means to be an aboriginal person. Margret Kemarre Turner IAD Press 2010
  26. 26. Natural Place Activity • Close eyes – imagine a natural place from childhood or some time in the past • Think about what the place: – Looks like – Smells like – Feels like – Sounds like • Write a short poem – pick keys words/metaphors • Perform
  27. 27. Autobiography: Connection Story - see diary outline • Do you have a connection with natural places? –If so, how do you connect? –What are these places? –Do you have connections with some natural places & not others? • Where/when has your relationship started? –What is your first memory of nature relationship?
  28. 28. Autobiography: Connection Story - see diary outline • Are there particular experiences that helped you connect with natural places? –Contemplate childhood experiences with nature. What was significant about them? –What feelings are associated with them? • What helps you connect with natural places?
  29. 29. Autobiography: Connection Story - see diary outline • What does the environment / natural world mean to you? –What has influenced your ways of thinking, viewing nature / relationships with nature? • Why have you chosen to teach in an outdoor environment?
  30. 30. Nature Diary Outline – Assessment criteria Choosing a place – it must be accessible!! – Canadian Forest – The Gong – White Swan – Enfield State Park – Mt Buninyong – Creswick SP – Lake Esmond – Union Jack – St Georges Lake – Lal Lal Forest

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