Learning About Learning in Nature

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Spring 2018
Credits per quarter

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Taught by

ecology, biology, mycology
Sherry Walton
literacy acquisition, theories of learning and brain development, research and assessment

What can nature teach us? How do we learn? How might experiences in nature help us understand how learning occurs and how we can support the learning of others? We will investigate these questions through an introduction to how our brains learn and change, as well as an introduction to the ecology of western Washington forests.

We will start by examining ourselves as learners, the filters that we carry, and how we create memories. Expanding our scope, we’ll explore some of the ways to facilitate the learning of others. We will look at how groups form and function, and we will consider the role of group work in educational strategies. The history and influence of nature-based education will form a theoretical perspective to inform our field studies. At the same time, we will experience the forested ecosystems of western Washington as a learning laboratory where we can observe, test, and examine nature education in action.

Topics will be covered through texts, workshops, seminars, field trips, and lectures. Students will be expected to research topics, write papers, and give presentations, both individually and in small groups. Student progress will be assessed through discussions, written assignments, exams, individual and group projects, and participation in program activities.

This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in: education and environmental studies

Online learning:
  • Hybrid Online Learning - This offering delivers < 25% of its instruction online, rather than via face-to-face contact between you and your instructors.

Scheduled for: Day

Located in: Olympia

Final schedule and room assignment:

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