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New perspectives on research in environmental and sustainability education


Boulet, M and Reid, A and Emery, S and Hill, A, New perspectives on research in environmental and sustainability education, Proceedings of the 8th World Environmental Education Congress, 29 June - 2 July 2015, Gothenburg, Sweden, pp. 159. (2015) [Plenary Presentation]


Introduction: As the environmental and sustainability education research field continues to grow, there is an expanding international pool of graduate students tackling various aspects of this field through Masters or PhD study. Coming from a diverse range of professional and academic areas, these students offer exciting trans-disciplinary opportunities for the continued evolution of the field.

But who is out there? What are they doing? What gaps or opportunities are they identifying and pursuing through their research? How are they challenging current theories and methodologies and what new ideas and approaches are they bringing into the field? Are there possibilities for collaboration?

Building on an a emerging Australian graduate research network led by University of Tasmania and Monash University students, this invitational symposium aims to give space and opportunity for the ‘next generation’ of researchers in the environmental and sustainability education research field to meet, talk, seek common ground and synergies in research, and plan possible next steps for collaboration and networking. We are aiming for a high quality, highly interactive session that contributes to the growth and development of the international environmental and sustainability education research community.

Objectives: Share research topics and questions to establish common interests which will broaden individual research and which may lead to future collaborative publications, programs, events etc.

× Share research skills, knowledge and challenges of research specific to the environment and sustainability education space.

× Create a space (within WEEC and/or elsewhere) where (post-) graduate research students and early career researchers can develop international academic networks with peers.

Methods: In this Part I Symposium an opening conversation will help set the context and offer provocations for subsequent discussions. Participants will be invited to share their research inquiries and approaches. Emerging trends and issues in graduate research will become the focus of a closing group reflection which will consider what these might mean for the broader field of environmental and sustainability education research field.

Results: It is proposed that this Symposium will be followed-up by a Part 2 Symposium (preferably scheduled in next session) that will involve an example of a new space that has recently been created – an online global community of practice among emerging researchers.

Conclusion: See Part II Symposium which is being requested to be scheduled immediately after this Part I.

Item Details

Item Type:Plenary Presentation
Keywords:early career researchers, emerging new research, networking, postgraduate students, cultural wellbeing, sustainability, identity formation, experiential learning
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist studies in education
Research Field:Specialist studies in education not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Emery, S (Dr Sherridan Emery)
UTAS Author:Hill, A (Dr Allen Hill)
ID Code:110576
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Curriculum and Academic Development
Deposited On:2016-08-02
Last Modified:2016-08-02

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