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Agenda

Environmental Education

DAY 1

  • Introductory meeting, explanation of practical arrangements, presentation of timetable, information about course venue
  • Icebreakers, Introduction to the Course
  • Crete and its unique environment

DAY 2

  • Introduction to Environmental Education: Definition, Principles, History and Goals of EE
  • Introduction to Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), ESD Guidelines, Perceived goals and impacts
  • EE and the school curriculum : incorporating EE practices into the curriculum

DAY 3

  • Key Learning Strategies for Environmental Education, Citizenship and Sustainability
  • Methods for teaching EE
  • An overview of tools and techniques to facilitate learning
  • Participatory and innovative approaches for infusing EE into the classroom

DAY 4

  • Learning outcomes of EE
  • EE relating to critical and creative thinking skills
  • EE promoting active learning, citizenship, and student leadership
  • EE and the holistic approach to teaching and learning

DAY 5

  • Specific EE programmes : Abroad selection of topics
  • Project- based learning: Examples of applied practices
  • Experience of active learning methods
  • From theory to practice: developing an EE programme. Individual and group work
  • Project Presentations

DAY 6

  • Study Visits
  • Course Evaluation
  • Certifications

 

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Purpose

This course is appropriate for classroom teachers of every school level. It provides educators with the knowledge and skills necessary to incorporate Environmental Education into their school practice. Participants discuss the history, definition, and goals of EE and ESD; develop an understanding of the professional roles and instructional methods of environmental educators; be aware of the teaching strategies of EE; know how to plan, develop and implement environmental activities and link them to a variety curriculum subjects. By the end of the training participants will have been inspired to engage young people in exploring environmental issues through interactive learning.

 

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Objectives

  • Understand what Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is
  • Be able to identify relevant curriculum links to ESD activities
  • Understand how to engage and motivate young people to learn about the environment within different curriculum frameworks
  • Learn teaching methods and approaches of EE
  • Explore a range of thematic approaches to EE and be able to draw on these in the compilation of a programme of EE
  • Take part in experiential environmental education activities
  • Introduce a process enabling teachers to identify and analyse local/school/community environmental issues and to develop related learning programmes
  • Provide the opportunity to implement activities that promote active learning

 

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Methods

  • Lectures
  • Exercises
  • Discussions
  • Teamwork
  • Role-playing
  • Study visits

 

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Target groups

  • Teachers working in kindergartens
  • Teachers working in primary schools
  • Teachers working in secondary schools
  • Teachers working in vocational schools

 

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Cultural activities

In the middle of the course, mainly on Wednesday, a local cultural activity is organised (e.g guided tour to the city) giving the participants the chance to explore the main attractions and enhance their cultural awareness.

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Dates

The courses are always organised at a time period which is agreed in advance with the participants and taking into consideration the availability of the trainer.

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Certification

At the end of the course, each participant is awarded with a certificate of attendance, as well as a Europass Mobility certificate (if requested).

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Pricing

Course fees: 350 € per person.

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