Environmental Education Research and Resources


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I am exploring the role of childhood special places on well known Canadians. Using new media, I will be filming these Canadians in their childhood special places and presenting stories through an interactive website. I have been nominated by UVic for the Trudeau Foundation Scholarship, the Vanier Canada Graduate Research Scholarship for 2012, and SSHRC Graduate Scholarship for this research.
This new journal, hosted by Western Washington University's Huxley College of the Environment and the North Cascades Institute, showcases the work of the students in the Masters of Environmental Education program. Articles are based on the final capstone presentations from the end of the graduate students’ programs, and cover a wide range of subjects related to environmental education. Submissions in the journal are separated into two formats: speeches and essays, and some are enriched with multimedia.
This research considers a person’s ontological fabric woven from experiences of and in (trans)formative childhood and adolescent places through three conceptual frameworks: complexity theory, endogeny, and i/Indigenous ways of knowing. By re-visiting the (trans)formative places of four exemplary citizens with them, creating an interactive website and iBook, and exploring ten online public participants’ posts, I gained an understanding of how childhood and adolescent outdoor places act as catalysts of community, ecological, and civic environmental engagement. To achieve this, I asked the question: Does learning that occurs in childhood and adolescent outdoor places inform civic, emotional, physical, and/or spiritual engagement or connectedness over the course of people’s lives? If so, how?
Download the non-interactive version of my dissertation iBook
Share your (trans)formative place and a story, video, poem, whatever!
Transformative Inquiry (TI) is a unique approach designed to help educators negotiate the complex terrain of learning~teaching. While many types of inquiry exist, TI is imbued with a distinct emphasis on the emotional, physical, spiritual, and mental facets of education. The approach is specifically concerned with questions of be~coming.

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This episode of Beyond the Jargon, CFUV's community affairs program which features UVic Graduate Students and a jargon free look at their research, features Colleen Clement interviewing Nick Stanger, PhD Candidate in Curriculum & Instruction with a focus on environmental education--taking school outside.
That scholarly dispersal of “knowledge” should adapt to reflect the complexity and mindfulness of ecological intelligence (Bowers, 1995). Other than the spontaneous, intuitive, and interactive activities of some academics, the primary method for knowledge sharing has been couched in the restrictive text of journal articles. This “paper” seeks to stretch outside of the linear, singular-identity-forming boundaries of academia through hypertext, praxis, and author-reader collaboration.
Experiential education is said to be essential in developing a deep understanding of the environment. Opportunities to explore, draw, build, connect, transect, scrutinize, reflect, and play outside are intrinsic to the Robert Bateman Centre youth and family environmental education programming.
I sat as the Chair of The Child and Nature Alliance of Canada from 2013-2015. The Child and Nature Alliance of Canada is a network of organizations and individuals who are working to connect children to nature through education, advocacy, programming, policy, research, and the built environment.
Get Outside BC is a collaborative youth leadership project that aims to strengthen youth attachment to British Columbia’s wilderness by empowering young leaders across the province. The project is a collaborative effort between CPAWS-BC, BC Parks, Mountain Equipment Co-op and Child and Nature Alliance of Canada.
As part of a consultancy team - I helped develop a guidebook for non-timber-forest-products in conjunction with Royal Roads University, Sierra Club BC, and Turning Point Initiatives for rural coastal K-12 schools in British Columbia.
My thesis focussed on how creativity and place-based schooling affects ecological literacy in youth. I developed a tool to measure the growth of an individual’s ecological literacy and used it to measure 16 youth’s experience through an art course in an experiential school in The Bahamas.
Transformative Inquiry is a way of taking time and space to draw on personal passions and put that energy to use within a relational framework in order to address burning issues.
In September 2011, 200 delegates (including 27 youth) gathered in Vancouver for a unique forum. This interdisciplinary forum focused on awareness building, partnership development, and action planning, all following the three Healthy by Nature principles: Spending time in nature improves human health. Human health depends on healthy ecosystems. Parks and protected areas contribute to vibrant, healthy communities. This website provides resources for all interested, such as audio podcasts of the keynotes. Additional content (factsheets, posters and presentations) will be added in early 2012.
Join an international group of students and instructors for an extraordinary six-week field course as we cycle, kayak, boat and walk, visiting the coastal communities of the Salish Sea in British Columbia and Washington State.
© 2013 Nicholas Stanger