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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.

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Exploring Values

Monday, November 11, 2013

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.

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The world of green career competences

Monday, November 11, 2013

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.

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Values and Frames in Outdoor Learning

Monday, November 11, 2013

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.

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Balance – An Example for Using Frames in Real World Learning

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

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.

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How do we learn outdoors?

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Working Group 3 is reviewing a range of approaches to Real World Learning and outdoor science with a focus on linking learning to behavioural change promoting action for sustainability.

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Big Science Issues

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Our Working Group 2 is exploring the big issues that underpin sustainability. They have identified nine big issues including biodiversity, climate change, ocean acidification and freshwater use.

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What are green careers?

Thursday, May 30, 2013

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.

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Alfred Toepfer Natural Heritage Scholarship

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

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.

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Exploring Science Outside

Sunday, December 1, 2013

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.

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Designing a Sustainable Future through School Community Collaboration

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Communities are at risk in many parts of our world as a consequence of globalization. Schools are key institutions in many communities needing to face the challenges of an uncertain future. The collaboration between schools and communities appear fundamental to facilitate a sustainable development at a local as well as global level. CoDeS network (School Community Collaboration for Sustainable Development), and the Autonomous University of Barcelona welcome you to join the CoDeS Final Conference in Barcelona, May 21-23rd, 2014.

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