Experiential environmental learning together with the trees in the Antropocene
Irida Tsevreni 1 * , Kostas Magos 1
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1 Department of Early Childhood Education, University of Thessaly, Volos, GREECE* Corresponding Author

Abstract

The study reflects on the encounter of young people with trees, focusing on a holistic and ecocentric approach to ecological knowledge and awareness. A small group of students of an environmental education course at a university pedagogical department participated in experiential activities that took place at a treescape, where different kinds and ages of trees grow. The participants interacted with trees through a pedagogical methodology of three stages (silent walk among trees, holistic approach to a tree, and exercising empathy for trees) and reflected on their experiences. The study’s findings capture the different ways that young people experienced trees: (a) trees as friends, (b) trees as self, and (c) the mindfulness of connecting with trees. Encounters among humans and trees have the potential to create places for contemplation on human-nature organic bond and communities for ecocentric learning and action for environmental change.

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Article Type: Research Article

INTERDISCIP J ENV SCI ED, 2024, Volume 20, Issue 2, Article No: e2404

https://doi.org/10.29333/ijese/14365

Publication date: 01 Apr 2024

Online publication date: 14 Mar 2024

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