Which learning strategies engage students as active citizens in supporting environmental, social, and economic sustainability?
Connecting the Dots answers the question: what are the learning strategies for environmental education that we can employ to prepare our young people to take their place as informed, engaged citizens? Throughout the process, a secondary line of inquiry emerged: how are these strategies aligned with 21st century learning skills including collaboration, creativity, communication and critical thinking?
We delved into the literature to find strategies that develop the concepts, real-world connections and learning skills that build engaged citizenship. The result is this guide, which shows ways of organizing learning experiences — in other words, the “how to” of learning.
We believe these strategies represent the best that environmental education has to offer to formal learning. They are the “dots” that connect to form a system approach to learning. Each learning strategy “dot” can:
- Link environmental, economic and social issues within subjects and across subjects
- Link students to each other, their home life, their schools and their community
- Link knowledge, skills and perspectives through student engagement and action
- Provide a meaningful context to address numeracy, literacy, character and other educational expectations.
The Seven Strategies
- Learning Locally
- Integrated Learning
- Acting on Learning
- Real-world Connections
- Considering Alternative Perspectives
- Sharing Responsibility for Learning