How do we learn about the world around us? Can we deliver better learning? How can science help to change behaviours towards a more sustainable world? These are just some of the questions that the Real World Learning Network is exploring.
The Real World Learning Network is a consortium of outdoor learning providers across Europe. Our goal is to explore and share successful approaches to outdoor learning that increase action for sustainable development. We believe that outdoor learning offers one of the best approaches for young people to engage with the world around them, and provide a stimulating context to explore how we can all contribute to a more sustainable present and future.
Working Group 4 is exploring how outdoor science can support green careers. We are researching which values and competences will help young people play an active role in the green economy. For us the green economy means all jobs, not just those traditionally seen as being green.
We have been working on finding the best fitting model for green competences that can be developed through outdoor learning. This model needs to show clear links between values and competences, provide clear guidance to students about competence groups they will need to develop in order to participate in a green economy, and be a guide for teachers wanting to support values and competence development through outdoor learning.
Sir David Attenborough wisely points out that “No one will protect what they don’t care about; and no one will care about what they have never experienced”. We find ourselves at a point in time where the natural world is in dire need of our positive attention, yet where we are increasingly disconnected as a species from nature upon which we ultimately rely for our existence.
What are frames? Frames like ‘balance’ are strong images. By triggering sets of associations they consolidate neural pathways. They help to structure complex relationships, and to strengthen values over the long term. We are surrounded by frames. Some are universal, others result from our culture, and some of them are imposed upon us by the marketing industry. We need frames for orientation – but they can also be subject to manipulation. Using frames in a sense of learning for sustainability means using them responsibly and always in a transparent way.
Working Group 4 is exploring how outdoor science can support green careers. We are researching which competencies and values will help young people play and active role in the green economy. For us the green economy means all jobs, not just those traditionally seen as being green.
The scholarship aims to enable young professional researchers from European countries to travel to another country other than their home country and visit protected areas for their research on one of the themes identified for 2014.
We are exploring how outdoor science and real world learning can help learners understand the fundamental concepts of science and sustainable development, and demonstrate practical methods of teaching and learning based on the outdoor classroom. We are developing guidance notes to support high quality outdoor learning.
The second Real World Learning Network conference took place at Planica in Slovenia, November 2013. More than ninety people gathered from fifteen countries to explore science and sustainability in outdoor learning.
The main objective for this course is to stimulate reflection, discussion and innovation toward values and competency based learning for a sustainable future. Through practical hands-on activities we will explore and reflect on our values as a basis for teaching and learning in the outdoors.
There is an urgent need to rethink how economies and societies work. This course explores how we can build sustainable economies and societies based on how nature works. The course is essential learning for business, economics, geography and science teachers.
Young people of all ages benefit from real life ‘hands on’ experiences. Seeing, hearing, touching and exploring the world help young people connect what they learn in school to their life outside it and to the world around them. The Study Visit is suitable for teachers and educators with a passion for learning about the natural world.