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Going to bat for Bats at Brock!

A Brock teacher candidate assembling a Bat House.

Brock University has been running an optional course on Outdoor and Environmental Education (OEE) over a number of years. Most recently two sections ran in the fall of 2017. The teacher candidates represented PJ, JI and IS levels as well as both programs, namely consecutive and concurrent education.

For one of the courses, lead by Professor Doug Karrow, the teacher candidates were engaged in intersectional learning on conservation, invasive species, local ecosystems, taking action and incorporated elements of design technology. They were immersed in discussions on the history and current of conservation in Environmental Education, and then introduced to the role of bats in our ecosystem in southern Ontario, as natural pest controllers and pollinators, among other things. They were then introduced to the invasive species, white-nose fungus, which has a detrimental impact on the wellbeing of many bat species. Continue Reading


Welcome to our new blog!

Welcome to our new blog!  This has been created to help share the voices of those working to improve the praxis of Environmental & Sustainability Education (ESE) in teacher education across Canada.  It is part of the follow-up to the National Roundtable in ESE in Pre-service Teacher Education that took place in June 2016 at Trent University in Peterborough, Canada.  This event brought together 75 delegates, all involved in different aspects of teacher education, from faculties of education, NGOs, Ministries of Education, and other policy-making organizations, all dedicated to improving teaching and research in ESE in teacher education.  They created a National Action Plan to guide this work moving forward.  This blog will track the progress on this work, sharing the challenges and victories as it progresses.  But it also aims to share snapshots of what ESE in TE looks like, so please write up a short entry (less than 400 words) to tell others about your research, teaching, planning or programming; photos to accompany these are welcomed!  Send your entries to contact@eseinfacultiesofed.ca