Keynote Speakers Pedagogy & Practice in Outdoor Learning Conference 2019
Dr Sue Elliot
Bronfenbrenner’s (1979) model of human development based on systems theory is well entrenched in early childhood education. His legacy is recognised, but in the context of global sustainability and the nature play movement, such a human-centric model ignores the complexities of interactions between humans and the natural environment. Bronfenbrenner (1979) lived in an era of great human social change and we are living in an era of climate disruption, when global environmental systems are at the brink of collapse. It is time for re-thinking Bronfenbrenner and creating a revised theoretical lens for incorporating the dimensions of sustainability in nature play. This is a critically reflective conversation early years educators must have for sustainable futures; and, bush kinders are an ideal site to begin.
If Australia is going to achieve reconciliation it needs leaders who are brave. Leaders who have a long-term vision. Leaders who listen. Shawn Andrews has a story that will inspire you. His story and approach to authentic leadership has led to him developing one of Australia’s leading education companies. A company that’s sole purpose is to close the gap of Indigenous disadvantage through outdoor education. Today’s keynote will inspire you and challenge you. It will also give you tools that you can use to help build better reconciliation driven education programs and help you become the leaders that Australia needs.
Dr Jayson Cooper
How we belong, be and become is central to our students and ourselves as educators. In this presentation I will explore ways educators can develop ongoing relationships with place. I will draw on my research that engages with place, music, Kulin seasons and walking. In sharing this research I offer practical ways educators can become holistically entangled with place. In doing this we make visible how we belong, be and become through land-based relationships.