• University of Glasgow

Ecopedagogy for Beginners: Putting Climate Change Education Into Action

Explore practical approaches to teaching sustainability and taking effective climate action in school settings.

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Ecopedagogy for Beginners: Putting Climate Change Education Into Action

384 enrolled on this course

  • 4 weeks

  • 3 hours per week

  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Introductory level

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Understand ecopedagogy with the University of Glasgow

Ecopedagogy aims to raise ecological consciousness and create momentum for climate action. This practice is hugely important in education to ensure students are actively involved in the fight against the climate crisis.

This four-week course from the University of Glasgow follows the Introduction to Teaching Sustainability and Climate Action course to help you implement ecopedagogy in educational settings.

You’ll discover practical approaches and useful activities to help you engage with students and encourage them to take climate action. Crucially, you’ll gain the tools to measure the impact of your educational practices to ensure they are working.

Gain skills in climate change education

As you learn more about ecopedagogy practices, you’ll discover why it is an effective route for climate action.

Next, you’ll explore techniques you can implement in the classroom to ensure your climate education is interesting and effective.

Learn how to create sustainable schools

Throughout the course, you’ll discover practical actions to create more sustainable schools. Within this, you’ll recognise and learn how to respond to the issue of climate anxiety.

You’ll also learn how to utilise and embed social justice into schools as you understand the importance of climate justice and the decolonisation of the curriculum.

Understand how to track the outcomes of ecopedagogy to take climate action

Finally, you’ll gain the skills to be able to trace the outcomes of your ecopedagogy. With this knowledge, you’ll ensure your teachings are having a positive impact.

Guided by Dr Ria Dunkley from the University of Glasgow, an expert in climate change education, you’ll finish the course with the knowledge and skills to implement sustainability and climate action in schools.

Syllabus

  • Week 1

    Ecopedagogy and critical eco-literacy

    • Welcome!

      In this introduction to the course, Dr Ria Dunkley from the University of Glasgow will describe the outcomes of the course and provide a course overview.

    • Understanding Ecopedagogy

      In this step, we will acknowledge where we are regarding our ecopedagogy knowledge.

    • Critical pedagogy basis

      Within this step, we dive deeper into the ideas underpinning ecopedaogy, specifically critical pedagogy.

    • Week 1 summary

      Congratulations! You have completed your first week of the course. Join us next week when we will look at how ecopedagogy for teaching sustainability and climate action in schools can be enacted.

  • Week 2

    What does ecopedagogy look like?

    • Week 2 introduction

      This step introduces you to what will be covered during week two of the course and invites you to share reflections on why ecopedagogy is an effective route for teaching sustainability and climate action in schools.

    • Understanding ecoliteracy

      During this step, we take a look at ecoliteracy, which is what ecopedagogy aims to enhance.

    • Place-based ecopedagogy

      In this step, we explore how place-based approaches are crucial within ecopedagogy.

    • Creative approaches to ecopedagogy

      In this step, we focus on imaginative learning and child-led storytelling as another critical element of ecopedagogy.

    • Week 2 summary

      Congratulations! You have completed your second week of this course. Join us next week when we look at how we might create more sustainable and socially just schools.

  • Week 3

    Creating more sustainable schools by invoking social justice

    • Week 3 introduction

      During week three, we will look at how we might enhance our schools' environmental and social sustainability. We will focus specifically on some processes developed in response to educational injustice.

    • Embedding justice into schools

      Here we explore the practical actions schools and other learning organisations can take in fostering a just and sustainable learning environment

    • Embedding justice into schools: decolonising

      Here we will explore some of the issues associated with the emerging understanding of racial justice and decolonising.

    • Week 3 summary

      Congratulations! You have completed week three of this course. Join us next week when we will be taking a deeper look at ecopedagogy in practice.

  • Week 4

    How do we know if ecopedagogy is effective?

    • Week 4 introduction

      Welcome to the fourth and final week of this Education for Sustainability and Climate Action in Schools course. We will explore how we plan for ecopedagogy and make sense of how we are having an impact on learners and communities.

    • The impacts of ecopedagogy

      During this step, we will explore what some of the impacts of ecopedagogy might be, before moving in to explore how these can be traced

    • How to trace impacts of ecopedagogy

      Within this section, we share insights into how it's possible to trace the impacts of ecopedagogy - from understanding the learner's journey to tracking emission reductions.

    • Week 4 and course summary

      Congratulations! You have reached the end of this course on Teaching sustainability and climate action in schools. Please complete the final reflective activities and keep in touch to tell us about your efforts going forward.

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On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Demonstrate an understanding of ecopedagogy as the art of learning and teaching in times of climate and ecological crises
  • Assess critical pedagogy as the basis of ecopedagogy to understand the rootedness of the concepts in consideration of equity
  • Demonstrate an understanding of practical actions that can be taken in the classroom and in schools to enact ecopedagogy
  • Explore ways of tracking the outcomes of ecopedagogic practice in classrooms and schools

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for those who have already completed the Introduction to Teaching Sustainability and Climate Action course and want to further their knowledge.

Who will you learn with?

Dr Ria Dunkley is a Senior Lecturer in Geography, Environment & Sustainability within the School of Education & Associate Director of the Centre for Sustainable Solutions at the University of Glasgow.

Ben is the education officer for the Centre of Sustainable Solutions at the University of Glasgow. Ben works in climate change education and climate justice, both in teaching and research.

Who developed the course?

The University of Glasgow

Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world. It is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK research universities.

  • Established

    1451
  • Location

    Glasgow, Scotland, UK
  • World ranking

    Top 70Source: QS World University Rankings 2020

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