Sustainability Literacy, ECOLEARNING and ECOLITERACY
A key element of building Sustainable Communities is becoming literate around the environment.
In the same way that multi-literacies contribute to the ability of students to respond to learning opportunities, literacy around the environment provides people with the opportunity to respond to issues around the environment which will enable communities to flourish.
Educators are not just responsible for improving literacy and numeracy abilities in students, they are responsible for building citizens who will contribute to a sustainable world.
ECOLEARNING assists teachers to achieve this through
– an understanding of an ECOLOGY OF INDIGENOUS LEARNING and how this impacts on Non-Indigenous students
– a comprehension of the ELEMENTS OF NATURAL SYSTEMS and how they relate to Educational Systems
– a curriculum which SPIRALS through the schooling of students which builds capacity and enables them to make response-able contributions to a sustainable society.
– LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS which model the elements of natural systems and provide the optimum opportunities for students to engage in WHOLE-SELF LEARNING
– an understanding of rigorous pedagogical principles
Our work is a synthesis of the following research bases and areas of interest