Innovative environmental education research, in a climate of change


Co-Conveners: Miri Lavi-Neeman, Arava Institute and Orit Ben Zvi Assaraf, BGU

As communities around the world face an increasing risk of extreme weather events, amplified by rapidly growing population, new waves of migration, urbanization, new poverties, and the rise of new forms of climate justice movements-- environmental education in and outside school settings face new challenges.

What are appropriate and needed educational responses to these rapidly changing conditions? What pedagogies, questions and new forms of knowledge and learning should be advanced and raised in order to produce citizens who can cope with such challenging processes? And finally, what new type of research tools and methodologies emerge to develop and teach us about them.

This Session seek to explore and promote these questions as they are addressed by scholars from around the world at local, regional, or global levels.

We seek work in progress of final papers dealing with new understandings of environmental education, or with old practices and themes reframed in the context of the current context of the environmental crisis.

We encourage studies of different ways of coping with these challenges in educational framework such as: the introduction of the food water and energy nexus into the world of education, studies of the different ways communities experience climate challenges whether they are indigenous, particularly vulnerable, urban or rural, new studies of environmental science education, and finally political education or education for climate justice. Engagement with diverse schools of thought, and with variety of communities, analysis of case studies of educational practices or theoretical papers are welcome contributions.

The session may be divided to more than one, and clustered around particular shared interest in accordance with proposals. In order to provide a forum for constructive discussion of research, theory and practice, presentations should be scholarly, analytical and critical, though they may offer possible applicable implications for science and environmental education across cultures.

The session’s primary international audiences are those working in or with the broad fields of education and educational research, as well as environmental studies, and relevant interdisciplinary aspects.