Environmental Education Community-based Field Course

Future Course Dates TBA

Isla Colon, Bocas del Toro, Panamá

The course provides students with diverse teaching and learning experiences within and beyond the classroom, integrated with educational theory related to environmental education (EE) and developed through seminars, workshops and professional reading. In this integrated way, theoretical understandings are held up to the light of practice and community experience while practice is viewed through an emergent reflective and theoretical lens.

The course will also examine the educational bridges and barriers in developing human awareness and understanding of the environment and their community. The course will explore environmental and social issues through a multidisciplinary approach and will relate historical and contemporary issues in human-environment interactions to school curricula from the elementary to the secondary level.

The topics of the course include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • sustainability
  • ecology
  • climate change
  • food studies
  • place-based education
  • indigenous pedagogy
  • experiential education
  • cultural anthropology
  • curriculum development
  • lesson planning

In the course, students will be asked to:

  • develop appropriate models and methods for the learning and teaching of EE in both formal and informal educational settings.
  • critically evaluate available EE instructional materials and resources from a variety of sources including web, video and print based materials.
  • compare and contrast Panama's Ministry of Education/Autoridad Nacional del Ambiente as well as other published EE guidelines.
  • consider a variety of perspectives in the interpretation of EE including, such social studies, science, math and the arts. 

Prerequisites: This course is open to students from all post-secondary levels, from early undergraduates to graduate students, looking for field and teaching experience, and/or a research site. The course is also open to individuals who are not enrolled in an academic program, but have a strong interest in environmental education and community development. 

Course Length and Schedule: TBA.

Tuition: TBA. Tuition fee for the EE course includes all room and board while at the field station during the three weeks of the course. 

Course Credit: Up to 8 units of credit will be granted for this course. Credit must be arranged by the student through their academic advisor and university. Contact info@tropicalcc.org for more details and the Course Credit Package.

Past Student References: Please contact info@tropicalcc.org if you seek previous student references.

Readings: The course readings will come from the primary literature. It is advised that students bring identification guides to assist in learning the local terrestrial and marine taxa.

Instructors: The instructional team includes local community leaders, in addition to:

Carlos G. A. Ormond, PhD
Simon Fraser University

Holly Border, MA
Bahia Honda Elementary School

Josephine Quiocho, MA(s)
NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development

Contact: Dr. Carlos G. A. Ormond - cormond@sfu.ca