Designing for Change: Environmental Education Research and Practice
Environmental education (EE) research can create an essential foundation for enhancing and improving programs, and it can support high-quality, theoretically and empirically based evaluation. Engaging with academic research can help EE practitioners more effectively understand how people learn about the environment, connect with the natural world, develop environmental identities, build citizen-action skills, and envision their role as part of a social movement. .
Using strategies from Stanford’s design thinking school (“the d.school”), course participants will learn-by-doing through activities that foster innovative approaches to EE. The course teaches participants how to develop tailored solutions for integrating research into their own EE practice. Participants will leave the session with tools and resources for accessing and applying research.
This course is designed for a range of stakeholders in the EE space: field educators from local, regional, and national organizations; environmental educators who work in a range of settings such as schools, museums, aquaria, zoos, gardens, and parks, among others; funders; and other stakeholders who are interested in infusing their on-the-ground practice with research-informed perspectives.
Given the course’s focus on design thinking, participants are highly encouraged to take the course with a partner. The activities are organized as partner work in order to help participants reflect and gain a deeper understanding of their program needs.
Upcoming start dates
- Self-paced Online
Who should attend?
- Setting the Stage
- Defining Research
- Selecting Your Spark
- Interviewing for Insight
- Finding Your Change Space
- Diving into the Research
- Moving from Ideas to Action
- Prototyping and Beyond
Course delivery details
This course is offered through Stanford University, a partner institute of EdX.
1-2 hours per week
- Verified Track -$39
- Audit Track - Free
Certification / Credits
What you'll learn
In this course, you will learn the following:
- How to pinpoint the change you want in your program
- How to interview stakeholders to help you refine your needs
- How to find research that’s relevant to your work
- How to use transferable design-thinking tools and strategies for applying research findings to your work
- How to create a prototype that addresses a change in your work based on the most-applicable research findings
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