Capstone Project Title
Rewilding Students To Establish A Slow Pedagogy In Short Term Environmental Education Settings
Jana Lo Bello Miller
of connecting individuals with nature: what does it mean for students to actually connect with nature? Many organizations strive to connect their users with nature using “fast pedagogy” that usually takes the form of adventurous outdoor activities, such as canoeing, rock climbing, and going through high ropes courses. However, these activities allow little time for users to dwell in their natural surroundings, preventing them from learning via “slow pedagogy,” which involves making novel observations about nature and connecting to their surroundings through these observations. The same issue rings true for residential environmental learning centers that host grade school students for short-term trips. A corresponding issue on these trips is students having to adjust to the new environment they find themselves in, especially students from underserved/marginalized populations, resulting in less efficient learning. This project set out to quell these two issues through the creation of a rewilding class curriculum. The curriculum consists of various activities that allow students to create a positive sense of place in their new surroundings, connect with each other through group activities and connect with themselves and nature through the utilization of creative thinking and sensory experiences to help students observe nature in a novel fashion. Although the class was created for 4th-8th students learning at informal environmental learning centers, it can be adapted to fit various settings and student needs.
Curriculum, Environmental Education, Place-Based Education
Keel, Mason, "Rewilding Students To Establish A Slow Pedagogy In Short Term Environmental Education Settings" (2021). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Projects. 769.
School of Education Student Capstone Projects