EduChange is a short name for the project titled „Making Knowledge Together – Addressing Climate Change Through Innovative Place Based Education and Blended Learning“. Our aim is to innovate our way of teaching about Climate Change in both local and global perspectives via the field course methodology. Teaching and learning in the field is often rather traditional and teacher-led. Through EduChange we aim to transform field courses into innovative, creative learning environments in which teachers, students and pupils create knowledge together.
We believe that supporting innovation and creativity can easily be achieved via international partnerships and inter- and transdisciplinary approaches. Therefore, our consortium includes partners from various European countries (Czech Republic, The Netherlands, Norway and Malta) with various geography related backgrounds (environmental science, geography for teachers, urban geography, geoinformatics, biology, science teacher education, etc.) but with a common objective.
Our partnerships with local high-schools strengthen the role of higher education regionally as well as channel the knowledge from universities towards the public (i.e. with upper secondary school students). The place-based education adopted during the project assumes the creation of knowledge together – connecting scientific perspectives with local knowledge and daily experiences.
We strive for field courses that stimulate deeper learning. We achieve this by a student-centred approach and a well balanced mix of innovative teaching methods for field- and place-based education, such as blended learning or modern playful and multimedia methods. Our students experienced both roles – being students during the field-courses and being teachers during their local activities with upper secondary school students. These activities are presented in this compendium.
We believe that this mix of roles and experience will create an atmosphere where members of the project create knowledge together and experience innovative teaching methods from the perspective of the teacher and the learner. All the teaching materials that will be created during the project by both teachers, as well as students, are published online under open licence (creative commons or Open Database License for geodata).
The EduChange Collective (Jiří Pánek, Vít Pászto, Tomáš Daněk, Jan Ketil Rød, Jardar Cyvin, Kristiane Midtaune, Bouke van Gorp, Tim Favier, Paul Pace, Mark Mifsud, Martin Musumeci, Jakob Bonnevie Cyvin, Charles Bonello).