CARE08063 2016 Working with Nature: Social Pedagogy and Engaging with the Natural Environment
This module will revisit traditional modes of engaging with the natural world through an exploration of the folk traditions with a particular emphasis on the seasons and what they offer by way of materials or ingredients. The aim of this module is to provide students with an appreciation of how engagement with the lived environment and it's associated traditions gives the participant a greater sense of belonging and connectedness. Furthermore, by experiencing the natural world students will come to understand the importance of place and space in the formation of identity. This module will be underpinned by social pedagogic theory and will focus on the acquisition of practical skills that integrate the head, the heart and the hands.
This module maps to the CORU Standards of Proficiency below:
Domain 1: Professional Autonomy and Accountability
Domain 2: Communication, Collaborative Practice, and Team working
Domain 4: Professional Development
Domain 5: Professional Knowledge and Skills
On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;
Demonstrate their understanding of the importance of engaging with nature in relation to health and well-being (Domains 5.1, 5.4, 5.7).
Use natural materials to create a variety of crafts, foods, herbal preparations and folk objects (Domain 5.12, 5.16).
Use nature based activities to promote belonging and connectedness (5.1, 5.11, 5.12, 5.16).
Show their understanding of the relationship between environment and identity (Domain 5.1, 5.4, 5.12)..
Explain how engagement with nature is integral to social pedagogic praxis (Domain 1.8, 1.22, 1.23, 2.2, 2.13, 4.1, 5.4, 5.6, 5.7, 5.11, 5.19).
Teaching and Learning Strategies
Students will attend weekly lectures and two hour practical tutorials
Module Assessment Strategies
Continuous assessment and project-based assessment.
This modules assessment allows for assessment of CORU Standards of Proficiency as follows:
Presentation (research project) 50% (Domain 1.8, 2.2, 2.3, 2.16, 3.6, 5.1, 5.4, 5.5, 5.6, 5.7, 5.11, 5.12, 5.16, 5.17)
Learning Journal (reflective work) 50% (Domain 1.22, 1.23, 2.13, 4.1, 4.3, 4.4, 5.1, 5.4, 5.13, 5.16, 5.19)
Repeat assessment will be decided at exam boards with input from the lecturer.
1. The importance of engaging with nature in relation to health and well-being.
- Walking in the natural environment
- Recognise flora, fauna and fungi
- Dr. Ilardi's theory of psycho-social well being
2. The use of natural of materials to create a variety of crafts, foods, herbal preparations and folk objects.
- Collecting and creating with natural materials
- Warren's theory of creative therapy
- Exploring the relationship between the head, the heart and the hands
3. The use of nature based activities to promote belonging and connectedness.
- Searching, sharing and showing in nature
- Recognition of the seasons and the rhythm of nature
- Working in groups on nature-based projects (indoor and outdoor environments)
4. The relationship between environment and identity.
- Reading the history of the natural environment
- Exploring traditions and festivals
5. Social pedagogic praxis and engagment with nature.
- Exploring the theory of social pedagogy in relation to outdoor activities
- Exploring the theory of social pedagogy through using natural materials in the development of skills
- Exploring methods of working with nature across a range of client groups
Coursework & Assessment Breakdown
|Title||Type||Form||Percent||Week||Learning Outcomes Assessed|
|1||Research project||Continuous Assessment||Project||50 %||Week 6||1,4,5|
|2||Reflective work||Project||Project||50 %||Week 12||1,2,3,4,5|
Full Time Mode Workload
|Practical||Flat Classroom||Practice based learning||2||Weekly||2.00|
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