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Sustainability in out-of-school science education: moving towards the future - 12 May 2021

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Henry James Evans discusses his work around sustainability in out-of-school science education. 

Recent literature has pointed to out-of-school science education as an important actor in moving towards a sustainable future. However, the educational efforts of museums, science centres, zoos and aquaria are often challenged by the fuzziness and complexity of sustainability. This research attempts to operationalise sustainability in ways meaningful to the specific educational missions of these institutions. Denmark is a country often lauded for progress towards sustainability, providing a strong platform for researching education practice in out-of-school settings.

The project is framed by the anthropological theory of didactics (ATD), which concerns itself with the diffusion of scientific knowledge through society and social institutions (e.g. museums), and answers three research questions. First, it will clarify the unique potentials that out-of-school settings offer sustainability education. Next, it investigates the scope and status of sustainability education across Denmark via online analysis, interviews and observations. Finally, candidates are selected for an in-depth analysis, investigating both the sustainability competences and learner experience.

The presentation will be online in Microsoft Teams. Please email Dr Richard Brock for the link to the event.

About the speaker

Henry James Evans is a final year PhD student at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, researching sustainability education in out-of-school settings. He has a natural science background and extensive experience in science communication.

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