FACULTY OF EDUCATION MAKES ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION COURSE REQUIRED FOR UNDERGRADUATES
Lakehead is taking leadership in our province, as it is one of the first universities in Ontario to develop a required environmental education course. This course will be offered in 2016-2017, in the second year of the program.
This reflects a commitment on behalf of the Faculty to educate forthcoming teachers in the area of sustainability. Arguably, this is one of most critical ways in which the university can effect real change in the area of sustainability. It is anticipated that sustainability will be, and already is, the biggest challenge that faces coming generations worldwide. Preparing teacher candidates to be competent and equipped with the skills and knowledge to teach their students in the area of environmental education will be critical to addressing this challenge.
The course description includes:
In the face of climate change, environmental degradation, and food and water insecurity, one of the key aims is to explore the interdependent relationship between human and natural systems. Inherently interdisciplinary and with diverse emphases, environmental education occurs in a variety of learning contexts and in an experiential manner. Current environmental education research, theory, policy, curriculum, and practice will be critically examined, as will constraints and possibilities for implementation in Ontario schools.