Panel and Open Dialogue: Green Teacher Diploma in Environmental Education
Centre for Environment Education (CEE)
Sitansu Sekhar Jena
Pramod Kumar Sharma
Last modified: October 25, 2006
Presentation date: 11/02/2006 10:00 AM in NT Manchester
The purpose of the mini workshop proposed during the PCF4 is to present the CEE-COL experience of developing and launching the Green Teacher Course as well as discuss the process of digitizing the GT course in to an on-line course for use internationally. Participants who are teacher educators or educational administrators concerned about incorporating environment education in the school curriculum will be invited to the mini workshop.
Green Teacher is a one-year ‘Diploma in Environmental Education’ for teachers and educators developed and designed by CEE India in partnership with the COL, Canada. Offered through the distance mode, this course is the first of its kind in India. The course is designed with the objective to enable teacher-learners to effectively take up environmental concerns and issues in the classroom, and engage their students in practical, action-oriented Environmental Education (EE) activities and projects. Thus Green teacher is a continuing learning opportunity in EE for practicing teachers.
The goal of the Green Teacher curriculum is to empower educators with knowledge, ideas and skills which can help in greening their teachings. Specifically, the four Course Modules aim to enable learners (practicing teachers):
To strengthen their understanding of Ecology and provide them with ideas for transacting ecology concepts in interactive ways.
To appreciate the complexities of environment-development issues by equipping them with the ability to view a problem from a variety of perspectives and selecting a plausible solution in a given context.
To explore the ‘practice’ of communicating the contents in a variety of ways that could enrich and enhance the traditional/tried and tested textbook and chalk and talk methods
To explore a range of resources and opportunities available for conducting EE in schools and to enable them acquire an ability to see and make use of opportunities available within the school system—text books, local visits, nature camps, using available media, etc.
Given that training in EE has a greater focus on ‘skills the process of curriculum development and design for the Green Teacher distance education programme was a challenging task for the course team. The Green Course attempts at two sets of overall objectives—one dealing with knowledge component, and the other one dealing primarily with skill building for effective transaction of EE.