Wild Pedagogies - Touchstones for Re-Negotiating Education and the Environment in the Anthropocene
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“This seminal book is stunning. It offers educators and researchers genuine avenues or what the authors call touchstones for troubling dominant education systems. Jickling, Blenkinsop, Timmerman and Sitka-Sage offer “wild hope” in wild times where the planet has entered a new geologic era—the Anthropocene. Books like this are desperately needed to shift education into a new wild era where teachers are supported in returning to or opening up their own wildness in pedagogy. It is a return to what Leopold eloquently describes as “growing down,” honouring wild childhoods.” (Professor Amy Cutter-Mackenzie, Sustainability, Environment & Education (SEE) Research Cluster, Southern Cross University, Australia)
“Set in the most important of all contexts—with the future of life on our planet at stake—this book reminds us that whilst we can and must learn in and through wild (and perhaps not-so-wild) places, modern education systems around the world must also learn and adapt, and with urgency. I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone interested in education and its role in supporting the health of planet Earth—and surely that should mean all of us!” (Peter Higgins, Professor of Outdoor and Environmental Education and Director the Edinburgh Global Environment & Society Academy, University of Edinburgh)
“An antidote to the steady drumbeat of environmental decline, Wild Pedagogies invites readers on a wilderness-soaked journey of hope, connection, and joy. This thought-provoking, edited volume is a clarion call for the (re)wildling of education. Through beautifully crafted prose, it offers a vision for learning that leads with the landscape, de-centers the human, and positions educators as “agents of discovery.” Essential reading for anyone who has looked longingly out of a classroom window and wondered “what if…?”” (Nicole M. Ardoin, Senior Fellow, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, USA)
Examines the concept of wild pedagogies as the geological epoch shifts to the Anthropocene
Analyses the potential of wild pedagogy for the present and future
Proposes six touchstones that can help educators and practitioners incorporate wild pedagogies into learning
Sean Blenkinsop is Professor at Simon Fraser University, Canada. Nora Timmerman is Lecturer at Northern Arizona University, USA.
Michael De Danann Sitka-Sage (formerly Michael W. Derby) is Researcher at Simon Fraser University, Canada.
The Crex Crex Collective includes: Hebrides, I., Independent Scholar; Ramsey Affifi, University of Edinburgh; Sean Blenkinsop, Simon Fraser University; Hans Gelter, Guide Natura & Luleå, University of Technology; Douglas Gilbert, Trees for Life; Joyce Gilbert, Trees for Life; Ruth Irwin, Independent Scholar; Aage Jensen, Nord University; Bob Jickling, Lakehead University; Polly Knowlton Cockett, University of Calgary; Marcus Morse, La Trobe University; Michael De Danann Sitka-Sage, Simon Fraser University; Stephen Sterling, University of Plymouth; Nora Timmerman, Northern Arizona University; and Andrea Welz, Sault College.
"The collective behind Wild Pedagogies: Touchstones for Re-Negotiating Education and the Environment in the Anthropocene have produced a timely and valuable book which provides a much needed prompt for environmental educators to revisit their philosophies and focus." (Lewis Winks, Environmental Education Research, November 08, 2019)
"This book makes a valuable contribution to a growing body of literature calling for a change to established ways of teaching and learning. However, more importantly, the book explores the potential of outdoor learning in the Anthropocene and offers educators a useful framework to guide development. It is the latter that educators of change will find most useful." (David Irwin, Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, March 17, 2019)
"Wild Pedagogies opens with some introductory explanation of how the book came about, the history of the authoring collective and a general overview of the purpose of the work. ... Wild Pedagogies is accessible, well organised and provocative. ... this kind of educational writing is much welcome - we need more of it. and soon." (Giles Barrow, Pastoral Care in Education, February, 2019)
"The book is organized into three conceptual discussion themes: On Wilderness, On the Anthropocene, and On Education. ... These three accounts of what I believe were wild pedagogies moments help to add some experiential flavor to my review of this new book, Wild Pedagogies, which draws attention to the importance of such moments and how we can understand them educationally. I commend the book to you. Happy reading and hoping!" (Bob Henderson, Journal of Outdoor and Environmental Education, Vol. 21, 2018)