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Nature Matters – Reconceptualising Nature in Environmental Education

Past Events
Thursday 18 May 2023, 4pm - 5.30pm
Hillary Place Coach House Seminar Room

School of Education Doctoral Student, Sam Lee, will present this School of Education Research Seminar on Thursday 18th May at 4pm in the Hillary Place Coach House Seminar Room.

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Abstract: Current conceptualisations of nature have failed us. Despite the evident threat posed by anthropogenic climate change, we treat our environment as a resource to be commodified, quantified, and traded. The mean global temperature increase target of 1.5 degrees Celsius is under threat, microplastics have been discovered in the human placenta and we continue to remove fossil fuels from the ground at an alarming rate. We need a radical reconceptualization of our environment. I propose re-evaluating the nature-culture dualism to provide a new framing for humans as part of nature rather than as separate and distinct from it.


Profile:  Whilst working in further and higher education, I developed a particular interest in the popular use of outdoor environments for developing leadership and facilitating personal growth. I decided to read for a master’s degree in outdoor and experiential learning to deepen my understanding of alternative pedagogies, particularly those relating to the use of spaces other than the classroom. My thesis for the MA focussed on how secondary teachers in England perceived outdoor learning and to examine the barriers to outdoor learning. I currently work predominantly for the University of Leeds as a manager and lecturer in outdoor learning, delivering academic modules and professional development programs to groups across the University and beyond.


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