Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE EduChange

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Centre for Environmental Education and Research

DESCRIPTION The study-unit provides Maltese students with opportunities to create knowledge collaboratively (with students from Norway, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands) while addressing climate change through innovative place-based education and blended learning. Since climate change is a very complex and broad topic, the study-unit will focus on water issues as one of the most “visible” manifestation of climate change.
The study-unit is divided in three parts:

(a) A Field Course: a seven-day learning block (organized by rotation in the Czech Republic, Malta and the Netherlands) that includes (i) lectures on climate change, (ii) experiences about innovative educational methods and (iii) a local field-trip. Project teams made up of students from different countries will be established to work on a thematic project assignment;
(b) Development of a thematic/pedagogic project focused on local concerns. Students are expected to consult with their lecturers about the project and eventually trial their work within a school context;
(c) Intensive ScienceJam: a five-day event organized in Norway during which students will share, discuss and evaluate their experiences re the development and delivery of the educational activities organised in their home countries. Lectures about academic skills and science popularisation techniques will also be held.

Study-Unit Aims:
Students following the study-unit will:

- experience innovative digital and pedagogical developments that stimulate deeper learning;
- learn about and try out innovate teaching methods (especially related to fieldwork); and
- collaborate, share expertise and create knowledge together with students from different countries.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- describe what causes climate change and how it effects the quality of life on the planet;
- demonstrate how climate change creates different realities related to water availability in different countries;
- identify various data sources available throughout the community;
- process knowledge from different data sources to tease out patterns and relationships;
- create knowledge and contextualise it to the varied realities of different students;
- evaluate the effectiveness of various educational methods; and
- critique educational activities related to climate change.

2. Skills:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- explain the phenomenon of climate change to secondary school children;
- apply various educational resources and methodologies to various learning contexts;
- design place-based educational activities;
- construct assessment tools for learning;
- establish working relationships with other foreign students; and
- reflect on their own performance throughout the study-unit (i.e. the fieldwork, the planning of the educational activity, the delivery of the activity and its evaluation).

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts:
- Phillips, R., & Johns, J. (2012). Fieldwork for human geography. Sage.
- Simm, D., & Marvell, A. (2015). Gaining a “sense of place”: students’ affective experiences of place leading to transformative learning on international fieldwork. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 39(4), 595–616.
- Glass, M. (2015). Enhancing field research methods with mobile survey technology. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 39(2), 288–298.
- Pánek, J., Gekker, A., Hind, S., Wendler, J., Perkins, C., & Lammes, S. (2017). Encountering Place: Mapping and Location-Based Games in Interdisciplinary Education. The Cartographic Journal, 1–12.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Fieldwork, Lecture, Practicum & Seminar

Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Presentation No 20%
Fieldwork No 40%
Project No 40%

LECTURER/S Mark C. Mifsud
Paul J. Pace

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