Tips on Thursdays – mashup a thesis summary with a video abstract

If you want people to know about your doctoral research, our one page thesis summary is a great way to share that with the research community, have a publication in the journal, and provide a link to the full thesis.

Another way to boost your profile in the research community is to release a video abstract to go with your thesis summary. It is a great way to communicate your passion for your doctoral work, and for the research community to see the person behind the project or summary.

Who knows, it may even lead to some inquiries that lead to:

  • requests to submit job applications,

  • invitations to do seminars or workshops, or

  • other collaborative activities from those interested in your work.

Find out more about both at:

https://eerjournal.wordpress.com/tag/thesis-summary/

https://eerjournal.wordpress.com/?s=video

Tracking the environment in Australian children’s literature: the Children’s Book Council of Australia Picture Book of the Year Awards 1955-2014

Tracking the environment in Australian children’s literature: the Children’s Book Council of Australia Picture Book of the Year Awards 1955-2014

  • New EER Article Alert

Yeyoung May Babb, Janine McBurnie & Kelly K. Miller

Pages: 1-15 | DOI: 10.1080/13504622.2017.1326020

Abstract

Popular and accessible before television and the internet, picture books capture the context of the time they were created and influence the generations of children who consume them. Depictions of the natural world have changed across several generations of picture books as seen in illustrations of all 249 books of an influential collection, the Children’s Book Council of Australia Picture Book of the Year Awards shortlists from 1955 to 2014. This study found that natural environments became proportionally less present in picture books over time while depictions of built environments increased. The presence of wild animals and native Australian animals also decreased over time. Sustainability themes and more realistic depictions of wild animals and biodiversity increased over time which reflects a growing ecological or environmental awareness, and diversification of environmental themes in recent picture books of this prominent Collection.

Keywords: Children’s Book Council of Australia, biodiversity, children’s literature, environmental sustainability, picture books

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13504622.2017.1326020

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Start the week with a video abstract

 

“Environmental education (EE) policy and content of the contemporary (2009–2017) Mexican national curriculum for primary schools”
Last week we posted information about a new article in the journal, by Arely Anahy Paredes-Chi & María Dolores Viga-de Alva.
We are delighted that Arely and María have prepared a video abstract to go with their study, which you can view here and are welcome to share.
You can find out more about the study by following the link at the foot of this message, requesting a copy of the eprint or contacting the authors via paredes.arely@gmail.com
To find out more about video abstracts in Environmental Education Research, see https://eerjournal.wordpress.com/?s=video
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Abstract
In Mexico a reformed curriculum is being implemented at the national primary level focused on the competence model and incorporating EE as a key element. This article reports our analyses of what theories, policies and/or EE related-contents were included in the documents that integrated this curriculum: general study plan, study programs of Grades and official students’ textbooks. Results indicate that in those official documents was incorporated a competence related to EE called ‘competences for the coexistence’, implying harmonic relationships with others and the nature. Additionally, EE for sustainability was included as a transversal topic expecting that contributes to reach the graduate profile of basic education that indicates that students should promote and assume the care of health and the environment. Nevertheless, it is not clear how it is expected that teachers implement EE in practice, lacking clarity of the environmental theory that support this curriculum.
Keywords: Primary school, official curriculum documents, EE curriculum analysis, Mexico
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ESD implementation at the school organisation level, part 1 – investigating the quality criteria guiding school leaders’ work at recognized ESD schools

ESD implementation at the school organisation level, part 1 – investigating the quality criteria guiding school leaders’ work at recognized ESD schools

  • paper in current issue

Anna Mogren & Niklas Gericke

Pages: 972-992 | DOI: 10.1080/13504622.2016.1226265

Abstract

Research on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) implementation tends to focus primarily on student and teacher outcomes, and there have been few studies on leadership practices at the school organisation level that provide information on how quality in education contributes to ESD implementation. To address this issue, we conducted an empirical mixed methods study of existing practices in 10 highly ESD-active upper secondary schools in Sweden. The schools’ principals, who were responsible for implementing ESD, were interviewed to obtain information on the quality criteria they used to guide their work. Twenty-six criteria were identified and grouped into four main principal quality criteria on the basis of statistical analysis: Collaborative interaction and school development; Student centred education; Cooperation with local society; and Proactive leadership and continuity. This categorization both supports existing research on ESD quality criteria and highlights new criteria that are important but were previously unrecognized. Trends in the identified quality criteria are discussed and related to prior research in order to identify potentially fruitful school leadership and management for implementing ESD at the school organisational level.

Keywords: ESD implementation, quality criteria, school leadership, school organisation

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13504622.2016.1226265

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Establishing enabling conditions to develop critical thinking skills: a case of innovative curriculum design in Environmental Science

Establishing enabling conditions to develop critical thinking skills: a case of innovative curriculum design in Environmental Science

  • article in current issue

Dina Zoe Belluigi & Georgina Cundill

Pages: 950-971 | DOI: 10.1080/13504622.2015.1072802

Abstract

This paper considers a curriculum design motivated by a desire to explore more valid pedagogical approaches that foster critical thinking skills among students engaged in an Environmental Science course in South Africa, focussing specifically on the topic of Citizen Science. Fifty-three under graduate students were involved in the course, which was run over a two week period. Data were generated from several sources, including individual student evaluations, a focus group discussion, lecturer reflections and summative assessment results. During the course, the development of critical thinking skills was scaffolded by different thinking approaches to the possibilities and problematics of student-selected case studies, followed by a collaborative re-examining of ‘what is known’ about Citizen Science. Spiralling engagement with various resources harnessed the diversity of the class, as they drew on their personal and disciplinary backgrounds. The insights highlight possibilities for alternative higher education teaching models for emerging subjects such as Environmental Science, where the competencies required of graduates, such as critical thinking and coping with uncertainty, differ significantly from traditional ‘science’ competencies, and therefore require a departure from traditional teaching methods.

Keywords: critical thinking, curriculum, enquiry-based learning, pluralism

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13504622.2015.1072802

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Tips on Thursdays – writing review articles

How do you approach writing a review article, and what do you need to consider?

Some tips from the publishers … and a reminder from the editorial board – these are consistently the most cited and most read papers we publish.

http://authorservices.taylorandfrancis.com/writing-a-review-article/

http://authorservices.taylorandfrancis.com/how-do-you-write-a-prize-winning-literature-review/

http://www.tandfonline.com/action/showMostReadArticles?journalCode=ceer20