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Arts, nature and wellbeing: Journeying towards sustainability for children and young people

19 April 2023, 5:45 pm–7:45 pm

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Join this lecture to hear Professor Nicola Walshe explore how climate change and sustainability is taught in schools

This event is free.

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Drawing on twenty years of work within environmental and sustainability education - from research undertaken as a newly qualified geography teacher, through to projects overseen as Executive Director of the UCL Centre for Climate Change and Sustainability Education - Nicola will explore approaches to teaching about climate change and environmental sustainability within schools.

She will illustrate children and young people’s conceptualisations of sustainability, highlighting the importance of supporting them beyond simply understanding the science of climate change to developing knowledge and values to help them adapt to a changing and challenging world. 

Finally, Nicola will propose, based on her seminal Eco-Capabilities project, that arts-in-nature practice has the potential to provide children and young people with multi-sensory stimuli to connect with nature, understand environmental sustainability, and support mental health and wellbeing. The lecture will be followed by a response from Michael J. Reiss, Professor of Science Education at IOE.  Chair: Professor Li Wei, Director and Dean, IOE.

This event will be particularly useful for those interested in arts, nature, wellbeing and sustainability.

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About the Speakers

Keynote speaker: Professor Nicola Walshe

Pro-Director: Education at IOE

She is co-founder and Executive Director of the UCL Centre for Climate Change and Sustainability Education (CCCSE), which aim is to significantly improve climate change and sustainability education within schools by providing free professional development for teachers of all disciplines, all phases and all career stages, underpinned by high quality research. 

Nicola is co-convenor of the Environmental and Sustainability Education Research network of European Educational Research Association and a UCL Climate Hub Community Expert.

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Chair: Professor Li Wei

IOE at Director and Dean

His research covers many aspects of bilingualism and multilingualism, including language acquisition in childhood, education policy and practice regarding bilingual and multilingual learners of minoritized and transnational backgrounds, and the cognitive benefits of language learning. He is editor of the International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism and the Applied Linguistics Review. He has won the British Association of Applied Linguistics Book Prize twice, for the Blackwell Guide to Research Methods in Bilingualism and Multilingualism (with Melissa Moyer) and Translanguaging: Language, Bilingualism and Education (with Ofelia Garcia). He is a fellow of the British Academy, Academy of Social Sciences, UK, and Academia Europaea.

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Respondent: Professor Michael J. Reiss

Professor of Science Education at IOE

He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, a member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, President of the International Society for Science and Religion, and President of the Association for Science Education. After a PhD and post-doc in evolutionary biology, he trained as a secondary teacher and taught in schools for five years. He then returned to higher education, spending six years on secondary teacher training and six years on primary teacher training before taking up his present post in 2001.

More about Respondent: Professor Michael J. Reiss