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Engaging Imagination in Ecological Education

Practical Strategies for Teachers

Engaging Imagination in Ecological Education illustrates how to connect students to the natural world and encourage them to care about a more sustainable, ecologically secure planet. Cultivating ecological understanding requires reimagining the human world as part of, not apart from, nature. Describing the key principles of an approach to teaching called Imaginative Ecological Education (IEE), this book offers a practical guide for all teachers (K–12). It is designed for use with any curriculum to give students opportunities to engage their bodies, emotions, and imaginations in the world around them, thereby making learning meaningful.

148 pages

Table of Contents


1 The Rationale for Imaginative Ecological Education

2 Principles of Imaginative Ecological Education

3 Strategies for Engaging Students’ Emotions in Learning – A Study in Weather

4 Strategies for Engaging the Body in Learning – A Study in Weather

5 Place and Sense of Place – Strategies for Connecting Students with the Natural World

6 Using IEE Principles to Support Reading and Writing

7 Site-Specific Tracking and Literacy Activities

8 Developing and Sustaining an IEE Program

Appendix A: Some Guidelines for Mythic and Romantic IEE Planning

Appendix B: Five Steps for Collaboratively Planning IEE Units

Appendix C: Templates for IEE Planning




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