Science and Mathematics Education Colloquium: Environmental Education: Supporting Socio-Emotional Learning, Place-Based Connections, and Stewardship

Colloquium | April 24 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 2515 Tolman Hall

 Nicole Ardoin, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Education and Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University

 Graduate School of Education

Abstract. Environmental education—a diverse field focused on lifelong learning, systems thinking, and sustainability practices—can address a range of outcomes, including environmental knowledge and attitudes, interpersonal skills, and environmentally related behaviors. Many environmental education programs, particularly those with residential or youth-development elements, emphasize socio-emotional learning, although an explicit discussion of those aspects has been less studied. Our research group, in collaboration with community partners, has been exploring how environmental education in field-based settings addresses and affects socio-emotional learning outcomes, in addition to fostering place-based connections. We also consider the relationship among these and stewardship behaviors for participants, both during the environmental education experience as well as once participants return home. I will share highlights from some of our prior studies as well future directions of our work with the intention of sparking further discussion.

About the speaker. Nicole Ardoin is an associate professor in the Graduate School of Education and Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University. Nicole’s research focuses on environmental learning and sustainability practices, with an interest in environmental behavior, integrated social-ecological systems, and sense of place. She is particularly committed to community-engaged research as well as supporting the research-and-practice interface. Nicole has worked on several environmental literacy initiatives, including most recently an effort to explore levels of environmental literacy among young people in Galapagos in the midst of an educational reform effort. She has worked for more than two decades in environmental education, conservation, and informal science, with and for organizations including international conservation organizations, parks, museums, and universities. Nicole has a PhD in Forestry and Environmental Studies from Yale University.

 coffee, tea and light refreshments