Just back from a fantastic IERG Conference in Vancouver, Canada. What an incredible city, with wonderful and inspiring people and educators....and wildlife!
The IERG is the Imaginative Education Research Group based around Keiran Egan's developmental theory of imagination and the embedded critique of it's neglect in schools. My work joined the gang of Gillian Judson, Mark Fettes and Sean Blenkinsop's work that brings imagination to Environmental Education.
Some inspiring work going on is the Maple school a bit further north, where everything is outdoors. And the LID Learning In Depth project which has young students pick on topic, one single aspect of the world, like worms, or dirt, or sunshine, and take it, carry it, follow it and learn into it throughout their school years. The depth possible when looking deeply, imaginatively and patiently inspires the possibility of the presence of everything in everything. What a gift to allow students to discover and learn about our world in this way.
My presentation was about the 'Environmental Imagination'. Despite loosing my voice, it was a great chance to share the work and learning of my research at the 5 Star Sustainable, Port Fairy Consolidated Primary School. The idea of EI is to locate concepts and map them, conceptually in time and space, so as to relate the world to oneself, position complex concepts and include the self in these bigger pictures.
A valuable connection and the notion of Meittisage, that weaves the black and white, history and future, real and imagined together in writing, will grow inside me...
Thanks Canada, my 10days was unforgettable, humbling and beautiful x x
Sally Jensen is a Sustainability Educator and facilitator of the ResourceSmart Schools program in Victoria.