Heartwood. Voices from environmental education: Academic research meets head, heart and hands
Published in July 2023, the essay collection shares a year-long project aiming to capture and distil some of the learnings and debates from the MA module 'Environment, Sustainability and the Role of Education' taught within the School of Education, Communication & Society.
Staff and students coproduced their environmental education-related research projects into digestible chapters and images to communicate new understandings beyond the gates of the university.
The authors of the extended essays have previously been, or currently are, students exploring environmental education, either as part of the MA in STEM Education or as part of their PhD programme. All have participated in the 'Environment, Sustainability and the Role of Education' MA module, with the majority going on to complete their dissertation research projects in the area.
This book is aimed at colleagues, friends, family and neighbours, as it shares important academic thinking on environmental education in an accessible and engaging manner.
The chapters are grouped under the themes of: educators’ perspectives, young people’s perspectives, and the role of organisations. Each section comprises two extended essays and a review.
The final chapter draws out key themes and threads which were observed during the writing process and reflect on the meanings they have in our work within environmental education and beyond.
Table of contents
Foreword - John Owens
Chapter 1: Distilling the heartwood of academia - Melissa Glackin
Exploring educators’ perspectives
Chapter 2: Trees, bees and girls with muddy knees: What can an awareness of gender offer Forest School educators? - Shirin Hine
Chapter 3: The frontline of environmental education: What can educators’ perspectives teach us? - Heather Tierney
Chapter 4: Reflections from an educator’s perspective - Matthew Rose
Exploring young people’s perspectives
Chapter 5: A question of authenticity - Rasha Jomaa
Chapter 6: TikTok, TikTok: Is time running out? - Aylin Ozkan
Chapter 7: Reflections from a youth perspective - Samrena Antwi
Exploring the role of organisations
Chapter 8: Doing less to ‘achieve’ more: Making the space for transformative environmental education - Sophie Perry
Chapter 9: Are universities doing enough to embrace education for sustainable development? - Angelina Samanya
Chapter 10: Reflections on organisations from an academic’s perspective - Paul Vare
Chapter 11: Heart-led reflections - Melissa Glackin, Shirin Hine, Sophie Perry
This publication was funded by WIPRO STEM education funding and King’s College London, School of Education, Communication & Society’s Research and Impact fund (2023).