Module Information

Module Identifier
BR33510
Module Title
Interpretation and Environmental Education
Academic Year
2017/2018
Co-ordinator
Semester
Semester 1
Reading List
External Examiners
  • Paul Courtney ( - )
  • Mr Steven G Thomson (Senior Lecturer - SRUC)
 
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminar 6 x 1 Hour Seminars
Field Trip 1 x 3 Hour Field Trip
Field Trip 1 x 4 Hour Field Trip
Lecture 11 x 2 Hour Lectures
 

Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Assignment.  50%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   50%
Supplementary Assessment Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.  50%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.  50%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Critically discuss the potential functions that interpretation may seek to achieve

2. Plan, write, design and produce interpretive materials

3. Evaluate the changing role of environmental education and explain how it is delivered in practice.

4. Assess the planning and resource requirements needed to deliver safe and effective environmental education.

Brief description

This module seeks to introduce students to the philosophy and techniques associated with interpretation and environmental education. After initially considering the potential reasons for undertaking interpretation the content then moves onto the specifics of issues such as planning, design, writing text, interpretive media and evaluation of effectiveness.
The environmental education element of the module starts by reviewing how people learn. The role of the national curriculum is detailed together with differing approaches to environmental education such as Eco Schools and Earth Education. The module concludes by looking at how environmental education is evolving into the new discipline of 'Education for Sustainable Development'.

Content

Definitions, rational and philosophy of interpretation
Principles of effective interpretation

Interpretive planning

Interpretive media

Writing Interpretive text and design for interpretation

Evaluating the effectiveness of interpretation

Definitions, rational and philosophy of environmental education

Health, safety and ethics associated with environmental education

The national curriculum and how environmental education fits within it

The psychology of child development and learning
Environmental education in the field

Alternative approaches to environmental education

Education for sustainable development

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number
Communication This module is about communication. All elements of the module will develop communication skills. These include design, writing interpretive text, and communicating with children. The assignment will directly assess elements of communication.
Improving own Learning and Performance Part of the module considers the how people learn and how learning can be made more effective. This should help to develop students' own approaches to learning and developing skills.
Information Technology The assignment may involve IT depending on the approach the student takes in developing their assignment.
Personal Development and Career planning
Problem solving
Research skills
Subject Specific Skills Interpretation planning and design Risk assessment and health and safety with children's activities
Team work

Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 6