Title: Regenerative Education for The Ecological University in Times of Socio-Ecological Crises – Educational Design Dispositions, Qualities, Opportunities & Barriers
Stream: Education, Sustainability & Society: Social Justice, Development & Political Movements
Presentation Type: Live-Stream Presentation
Bas van den Berg, The Hague University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands
Universities have the potential, and I would argue the responsibility, to take on more ecological and relational approaches to facilitating learning-based change in times of interconnected socio-ecological crises such as those facing the climate and biodiversity. Signs for a transition towards these more regenerative approaches towards more place-based, ecological, and relational (see for example the proliferation of education-based living labs, field labs, challenge labs) can already be found in niches across Europe. In this contribution, I propose regenerative education as a direction for the ecological university to nurture the appropriate participation in the healing of places and self in times of socio-ecological crisis. This draws heavily on regenerative design, t-learning and ecological approaches to learning to empower learners to contribute towards planetary health. To outline this emerging form of education, twenty-six narrative-based podcasts as interviews with practitioners engaged in these niches were recorded in the April through June 2021 period. The resulting podcast (The Regenerative Education Podcast) will be published from the end of August onwards and included 21 participants active in Dutch Universities, 1 in Sweden, 1 in Germany, 1 in France, and 3 primarily online. The episodes ranged from 30 to 60 minutes in total length and included both English (14) and Dutch (12) interviews. These were analyzed using Narrative of T-Mapping. The results include educational design dispositions and qualities that may guide practitioners as they engage in their own regenerative education as well as the systemic and personal challenges and opportunities, they may face in doing so.
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