A curriculum for climate justice
A curriculum for climate justice: a collaborative investigation of the challenges and opportunities for climate change education through a social justice lens
Team Members: Callum McGregor, Beth Christie
School: Moray House School of Education
The University of Edinburgh’s 2016-2026 Climate Strategy outlines a whole institute approach to climate action, including learning and teaching. However, if climate change-related teaching in Higher Education (HE) is to translate into meaningful action, then two things must be considered: firstly, teachers and learners need to reframe ‘climate action’ by moving beyond individual behavior change models and considering implications for social justice. We call this climate justice education (CJE). Secondly, CJE in HE must be recognised as existing in an inter-related ecology of educational spaces, including schools, the wider community and social movements.
This two-year participatory action research project (involving academics, teacher-learners and school students) will investigate the challenges and opportunities for bringing social justice and sustainability together through CJE, thereby more meaningfully integrating HE teaching and learning with the challenges and opportunities faced by professional practitioners working within the Scottish policy context of Curriculum for Excellence (CfE). We will aim to answer the question ‘what are the challenges and opportunities for developing a curriculum for climate justice education in Moray House School of Education, which is both informed by, and accountable to, the challenges faced by professional practitioners?’
Outcomes from the project will inform a collaborative programme of dissemination, knowledge exchange and curriculum development with diverse stakeholders.
Final project report
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Other Project Outcomes
Conference on Communication and Environment (COCE) paper:
Christie, B., McGregor, C., & Collacott, M. (2019). Climate Justice Education in the context of Learning for Sustainability: From schooling to social movement learning and back. Paper presented at Waterlines: Confluence and Hope through Environmental Communication, The 15th Biennial Conference on Communication and Environment (COCE) June 17-21, 2019. University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada [Virtual presentation].
British Educational Research Association (BERA) conference paper:
Christie, B., McGregor, C., & Collacott, M. (2019). Climate Justice Education: Between Social Movement Learning and Schooling. Paper presented at British Educational Research Association (BERA) conference 10th September – 12th September 2019, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK.
BERA Hot Topic Session:
Howard, F., Christie, B., McGregor, C. Rousell, D. (2019) Youth Activism and climate Change Education. Hot Topic Session (panel discussion) at British Educational Research Association (BERA) conference 10th September – 12th September 2019, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK.
BERA Best Paper Award “Alternative Education SIG winner (October 2019)