Coming to Age: experiences in (environmental) education

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In this time of ours we definitely need to multiply the approaches, linkages, connectedness, cross-boundaries gatherings and holistic views as soon as we talk about environmental education. Environmental education came to age integrating diversity and complexity, promoting meetings in multilevel ways, namely with other species, weaving bonds of communication and pushing thought in direct experience with the natural world. Replying to that challenges, the ID-NATURA project encourages multi-meetings between pupils of all school levels (kindergarten, elementary, secondary), teachers and researchers from different disciplinary areas and among those and the natural world, specifically the “river of my village...”. This paper is inspired by J. W. Goethe’s methodology of knowing nature, the delicate empiricism; Goethe’s approach to nature is valued, as a way to educate for sustainability, and some important results this project are presented through pupils’ voices.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNavigating Complexity
Subtitle of host publicationHuman-Environmental for a Challenging Future: Proceedings of the XXIII International Conference of the Society for Human Ecology
EditorsIva Pires, Larissa Malty
Place of PublicationLisboa
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)978-989-99782-6-3
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventXXIII International Conference of the Society for Human Ecology: Navigating Complexity: Human – Environmental Solutions for a Challenging Future - NOVA FCSH, Lisboa, Portugal
Duration: 7 Jul 201810 Jul 2018


SeminarXXIII International Conference of the Society for Human Ecology
Abbreviated titleSHE Conference 2018
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  • Nature connectedness
  • Education for sustainability
  • Delicate empiricism


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