Learning with Nature

Learning with Nature

Author: Claire Warden

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9781473906365

Category: Education

Page: 128

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Learning outside the classroom is a key part of early years and primary practice and is on the rise in settings across the world. This book centres on outstanding outdoor practice and how children can learn and develop in natural environments. Focussing on children aged from 2-11 this book contains: A self-evaluation toolkit for educators to reflect on what they’re doing now and where to develop to be more effective. Examples of practice from around the world and in various environments, including urban settings. An entire chapter on assessment and planning to help ensure and demonstrate quality of provision. Looking at all the possibilities and approaches, there are models for practice to suit every setting so that everyone can make outdoor learning part of the core teaching and learning objectives. Claire Warden is an educational consultant with an international reputation for pioneering work in education and a focus on children’s connection to the natural world. For more details of her work visit www.claire-warden.com

Learning in Nature

Learning in Nature

Author: Kelli Nigh

Publisher: IAP

ISBN: 9781648025693

Category: Education

Page: 223

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There is love on these pages, love for nature, the cosmos, the body’s deep knowing and students. Learning in Nature focuses on the lives of 6 drama students who gathered weekly at a community arts center during their childhood and adolescence. Before each play rehearsal the students explored contemplative practices such as meditation, yoga, breathing and visualization. After these warm-up sessions the rehearsals were dynamic and highly creative. So, what might happen if these students went out into nature and experimented with the same practices? What would happen, over a year long period, if they stopped the noise of life and just listened, deeply, just looked and inhaled, phenomenologically? Returning the experience of learning to nature, the book tells the story of this group, it tells of their lives and their growing understanding of consciousness, and does so through the complex and rich perspectives of holistic teaching and learning. Praise for Learning in Nature: "Learning in Nature is a rich resource for holistic educators at all levels of education. It offers a wealth of insights and ideas, theoretical perspectives and practical activities. This writing sings as it invites us to be alive to our senses, our imaginations, our intellects, and intuitions---alive and in the moment---in the fullness of our humanity." Mary Beattie Professor Emerita, OISE, University of Toronto "In this sensitive and moving inquiry Kelli Nigh begins with a constellation of academic references that bear directly on aspects of ourselves that come into play in our life transformations––images, felt senses, dreams, imagination, meditation, symbolism, and mind-body experience. Against this thoroughly woven backdrop, the dramas of six young participants who share in Nigh’s inquiry unfold. The inquiry is long––over years. There is another crucial aspect of it. The landscapes and weather of Nature itself––bluffs, skies, water, trees, wildlife, flowers––become the scenery through which all the participants’ stories gain significance. Nigh, with gentle insight and attention to detail, demonstrates the evolution of what essentially becomes their imaginal learning in nature. Throughout this play of sharing in nature, Nigh includes glimpses of her own evolution of self as she inter-folds her experiences with those of the others. As Nature cycles through the seasons, so cycle the lives of these individuals. Nigh’s academic and lyrical passages will inspire educators to widen teaching methods to include what it is beyond our everyday thought that significantly influences what we learn." Vivian Darroch-Lozowski Professor Emerita, University of Toronto

Nature-Inspired Learning and Leading

Nature-Inspired Learning and Leading

Author: Stephen B. Jones

Publisher: LifeRich Publishing

ISBN: 9781489713087

Category: Religion

Page: 164

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Stephen B. Jones, a university president, lifetime champion of nature, and the founder of Great Blue Heron, LLC, explores in this book of essays how individuals and organizations can apply natures wisdom to achieve success. Expanding on the themes in his first book, Nature Based Leadership: Lessons for Living, Learning, Serving, and Leading, he points out that natures routes, processes, options, and outcomes seem infinite. In many ways they are, but all speciesincluding humansseek the same thing: to succeed, reproduce, and sustain. Jones draws upon his varied background as a natural resources scientist, educator, and philosopher to convert natures time-tested wisdom into actionable insights that will help you live, learn, serve, and lead while engaging in responsible Earth stewardship. His personal reflections translate science through words that evoke comprehension, stir passion, elicit emotion, and prompt action. Above all else, he harnesses the wonder, magic, awe, beauty, and spirit of nature in the service of reason and the cause of humanity. Capitlize on the wisdom of the natural world with the lessons in Nature-Inspired Learning and Leading.

Independent Thinking on Nature-Based Learning

Independent Thinking on Nature-Based Learning

Author: Alexia Barrable

Publisher: Crown House Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 9781781354131

Category: Education

Page: 158

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Foreword by Ian Gilbert. At a time of unprecedented challenges in relation not only to the climate crisis but also to children's and adolescents' mental health, connecting to nature offers an accessible and desirable way forward for today's learners - especially those living in urban surroundings. Bringing together evidence from psychology, environmental science and education, Alexia aims to support teachers as they provide meaningful experiences rooted in learning about and through nature. The book can be used in two ways: to inspire individual sessions in nature, or to support teachers in building a cohesive outdoor-learning curriculum throughout the school. Featuring practical advice, case studies and discussion of original theory, the book aims to inspire, motivate and stimulate educators to engage with alternative approaches to teaching in the outdoors and with nature in mind - and in such a way that promotes students' learning and fosters a long-lasting relationship with nature. Independent Thinking on Nature-Based Learningshares case studies and examples of good practice from a variety of settings - ranging from kindergarten to secondary. Detailing the physical and psychological benefits of being outdoors, the book suggests ways to help build young people's connection with nature and support their autonomy in naturalspaces. Alexia offersideas on how to weave nature and the outdoors into the very fabric of the curriculum - for example, in relation to art, literature and technology. Suitable for teachers and outdoor-learning leaders in early years through to secondary schools. Independent Thinking on Nature-Based Learningis one of a number of books in the Independent Thinking On seriesfrom the award-winning Independent Thinking Press.

Nature-Based Learning for Young Children

Nature-Based Learning for Young Children

Author: Julie Powers

Publisher: Redleaf Press

ISBN: 9781605545974

Category: Education


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Nature-Based Learning for Every Preschool Setting is designed to provide ideas for all early childhood educators ranging from novice nature educators to highly experienced nature educators in a wide range of ecosystems, including forests, cities, prairies, coastal, and deserts. It includes background information on a range of nature topics, reproducible parent newsletters, sample play-based lesson plans, guidance and health and safety issues related to nature activities, ideas for free/inexpensive equipment and materials and for big ticket items, ideas for family involvement, and connections to early childhood learning standards. Chapters are divided by nature topic so readers can dip in right away where they want to start exploring.

Nature-Inspired Computation in Data Mining and Machine Learning

Nature-Inspired Computation in Data Mining and Machine Learning

Author: Xin-She Yang

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030285531

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 273

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This book reviews the latest developments in nature-inspired computation, with a focus on the cross-disciplinary applications in data mining and machine learning. Data mining, machine learning and nature-inspired computation are current hot research topics due to their importance in both theory and practical applications. Adopting an application-focused approach, each chapter introduces a specific topic, with detailed descriptions of relevant algorithms, extensive literature reviews and implementation details. Covering topics such as nature-inspired algorithms, swarm intelligence, classification, clustering, feature selection, cybersecurity, learning algorithms over cloud, extreme learning machines, object categorization, particle swarm optimization, flower pollination and firefly algorithms, and neural networks, it also presents case studies and applications, including classifications of crisis-related tweets, extraction of named entities in the Tamil language, performance-based prediction of diseases, and healthcare services. This book is both a valuable a reference resource and a practical guide for students, researchers and professionals in computer science, data and management sciences, artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Learn to Draw Calligraphy Nature

Learn to Draw Calligraphy Nature

Author: Andrew Fox

Publisher: Rock Point Gift & Stationery

ISBN: 9781631061769

Category: Art

Page: 83

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With just a few strokes of a calligraphy pen, London-based designer and illustrator Andrew Fox can help you to create a fun series of minimalistic nature drawings. From acorns, beetles, daffodils, and hedgehogs to snowflakes and clouds the drawings in this book are simple to create and easily recognizable. In Learn to Draw CalligraphyNature, each design effortlessly becomes a unique drawing that you can use on greeting cards, posters, gifts, and more. --Publisher

Nature Education with Young Children

Nature Education with Young Children

Author: Daniel R. Meier


ISBN: 0367138549

Category: Education, Preschool

Page: 282

View: 453

Now in a fully updated second edition, Nature Education and Young Children remains a thoughtful, sophisticated teacher resource that blends theory and practice on nature education, children's inquiry-based learning, and reflective teaching. Reorganized to enhance its intuitive flow, this edition features a Foreword by David Sobel and three wholly new chapters examining nature and literacy in kindergarten, outdoor play and children's agency in a forest school, and the power of nature inquiry for dual language learners. Revised to reflect the latest research and guidelines, this book offers a seamless integration of science concepts into the daily intellectual and social investigations that occur in early childhood. With a fresh framing of nature exploration in the context of our current educational landscape, this text is a comprehensive guide for educators and students looking to introduce and deepen connections between nature education and teacher inquiry and reflection.

Education and Psychology in Interaction

Education and Psychology in Interaction

Author: Brahm Norwich

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134591886

Category: Education

Page: 272

View: 376

This book takes an in-depth look at how education and psychology relate to each other, and at the current state of this relationship. Through comprehensive analysis of the ideological, historical, social and professional contexts of this interaction, the author develops the theme that, despite basic differences in aims, the fields are interconnected.

International Handbook of Research in Professional and Practice-based Learning

International Handbook of Research in Professional and Practice-based Learning

Author: Stephen Billett

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9789401789028

Category: Education

Page: 1383

View: 580

The International Handbook of Research in Professional and Practice-based Learning discusses what constitutes professionalism, examines the concepts and practices of professional and practice-based learning, including associated research traditions and educational provisions. It also explores professional learning in institutions of higher and vocational education as well the practice settings where professionals work and learn, focusing on both initial and ongoing development and how that learning is assessed. The Handbook features research from expert contributors in education, studies of the professions, and accounts of research methodologies from a range of informing disciplines. It is organized in two parts. The first part sets out conceptions of professionalism at work, how professions, work and learning can be understood, and examines the kinds of institutional practices organized for developing occupational capacities. The second part focuses on procedural issues associated with learning for and through professional practice, and how assessment of professional capacities might progress. The key premise of this Handbook is that during both initial and ongoing professional development, individual learning processes are influenced and shaped through their professional environment and practices. Moreover, in turn, the practice and processes of learning through practice are shaped by their development, all of which are required to be understood through a range of research orientations, methods and findings. This Handbook will appeal to academics working in fields of professional practice, including those who are concerned about developing these capacities in their students. In addition, students and research students will also find this Handbook a key reference resource to the field.

Exploring the Power of Nonviolence

Exploring the Power of Nonviolence

Author: Elavie Ndura

Publisher: Syracuse University Press

ISBN: 9780815652533

Category: Political Science

Page: 342

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The new millennium finds humanity situated at critical crossroads. While there are many hopeful signs of cross-cultural engagement and democratic dialogue, it is equally the case that the challenges of warfare and injustice continue to plague nations and communities around the globe. Against this backdrop, there exists a powerful mechanism for transforming crises into opportunities: the philosophy and practice of nonviolence. The expert authors brought together in this volume collectively deploy the essential teachings of nonviolence across a spectrum of contemporary issues. From considering the principles of the French Revolution and encouraging peace through natural resource management to exploring multiculturism and teaching peace in the elementary classroom, this work is broad in scope yet detailed in its approach to the fundamental principles of nonviolence.