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Looking globally: the future of education
Looking globally: the future of education

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Aims and activities

In Week 3 you will:

  • explore the environmental issues to which education will need to respond in the future
  • reflect on the implications of environmental challenges for the possible purposes of education.

Activities should facilitate an understanding of:

  • the key environmental issues driving change locally and globally
  • alternative perspectives on the possible responses of education to meeting environmental challenges
  • a personal view about the role of education in meeting environmental agendas.
Week 3 activity planner
Activity Details Time
1 Listen to a five-minute audio extract from the BBC’s Fragile Planet series and find out from the NASA report which climate records were broken in 2016. Then consider the reflection points. Discover a relevant news article and post it to the course forum. Then consider some reflection points. 90 minutes
2 Watch the video Climate Change: Professor Brian Cox clashes with sceptic Malcolm Roberts and skim read/scan a New York Times article about climate change denial. Then consider the reflection points. 45 minutes
3 Listen to the extract from the BBC Radio 4 programme Shared Planet about alternative views of sustainability, consider a reflection point and then two illustrative scenarios. 45 minutes
4a/4b Make notes based on ONE of the scenarios from Activity 3, and write a 200-word response for the course forum. Read other posts on the forum. 30 minutes