Learning and Teaching Scotland is organising a SCIPD group study visit to Helsingborg, Sweden, to explore practice of Sustainable Development Education (SDE) and outdoor learning in primary education.
The Helsingborg region has well-developed educational practice in making use of the environment as a context for learning, supported by the local municipality.
Find out more from the LTS web site
It is expected that the visit to Sweden will include:
– Meeting with municipal officers for an overview of the place of Sustainable Development Education in local schools and on initiatives for a sustainable city
– Workshop activity on energy and water at the Environment Workshop
– Visits to the climate exhibition, local parks and natural resources
– Visits to schools and dialogue with Swedish teachers about pedagogical approaches
– Meeting with university staff about their Masters programme in outdoor education and health
Travel to Helsingborg will be on Tuesday 30th November, with three full working days in Sweden, followed by return to Scotland on Saturday 4th December.
SCIPD funding will cover return flights from Scotland, airport to hotel transfers, and overnight hotel accommodation in the city centre on a bed and breakfast basis.
In addition to the above, participants will be offered a pre-visit preparatory meeting and a post-visit meeting to support follow-up activity.
This study visit is likely to be of relevance to education professionals in Scottish primary schools who are involved with SDE.
Participants will have an opportunity to:
- investigate a range of learning approaches adopted by Swedish practitioners
- explore the practice of using natural resources for educating young people
- share professional insights with fellow group members and with their hosts
- broaden their knowledge of approaches to SDE and outdoor learning
Upon returning from the study visit, participants will be expected to:
- produce reports in the format stipulated by LTS, demonstrating the impact on their professional practice of the study visit experience
- disseminate findings, share ideas and new approaches within their own establishment and beyond
Applicants may wish to use the experience of the study visit towards professional recognition by GTCS or simply to enhance their professional understanding and practice.
Applications are invited from suitably qualified members of Scottish school or authority staff, who should complete the Helsingborg application form, accessible online.
The closing date for applications is Friday 12th November 2010
Find out more on the LTS web site.