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We are exploring how outdoor science and real world learning can help learners understand the fundamental concepts of science and sustainable development, and demonstrate practical methods of teaching and learning based on the outdoor classroom. We are developing guidance notes to support high quality outdoor learning.

We have produced draft mind maps of key big science ideas to support the guidance notes. Each mind map addresses one big science idea taken from the research on Planetary Boundaries by Johan Rockström (Stockholm Resilience Centre).This is a work in progress, and we are trailing the mind maps and using the results to write guidance notes. We welcome your feedback on how you might use these and how you incorporate Science into your teaching.

Thank you for your help.

Real World Learning Network

* 1. Do you think these “Big Issues” is important for sustainable thinking & behaviours? Why?

  Not important Useful Important Very important
Climate Change
Ozone Depletion
Biodiversity Loss
Ocean Acidification
Land Use Change
Nitrogen & Phosphate Cycles
Freshwater Use
Atmospheric aerosol loading
Chemical pollution

* 2. Do you teach the science behind these “Big Issues” outdoors?

  Yes in detail Yes but not in detail No
Climate Change
Ozone Depletion
Biodiversity Loss
Ocean Acidification
Land Use Change
Nitrogen & Phosphate Cycles
Freshwater Use
Atmospheric aerosol loading
Chemical pollution.

* 3. Which bits of the science do you have trouble with? Which bits are easier?

* 4. What outdoor locations do you usually use for teaching? Which age ranges do you usually teach?

* 5. Do you use a particular method or pedagogy when teaching outside?

* 6. How might you use the mind maps to help you add Science into your activity?

* 7. Can you give any examples of the activities that you teach?

* 8. How do you assess the learning?

* 9. Please provide your contact details if you would like to learn more about the Real World Learning Network and opportunities to take part in outdoor science events.

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