Fundamentals of chemistry and environment education - EDUCAZIONE AMBIENTALE (2018/2019)

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Name of lecturer
Marisa Bonafini
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Sem. 2B dal Apr 8, 2019 al May 18, 2019.

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Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding skills
At the end of the course the student will have - to know the main theoretical models of environmental education;
-to scientifically know the ecological issues
- to know the eco-systemic dimension of the environment;
-to know the legislation concerning environmental education
-to know the necessary steps to develop an educational project for children aged 6 to 10
Knowledge and skills of applied
At the end of the course the student will have to know how to:
- use the tools of the scientific observation;
-design, manage, evaluate environmental education paths following a systemic model, concerning objectives, educational aims, prerequisites and teaching methodologies
-identify the methods to activate synergies with local extra-curricular agencies; - connect knowledge and competences in planning and carrying out educational activities
Autonomy of judgment
At the end of the course the student will have acquired
-the ability to examine different cultural paradigms that underlie the personal ideas of nature, environment, quality of life;
-the ability to analyze the designed educational projects identifying potentialities and points that can be improved;
- the ability to problematize reality and the personal vision of the world;
-the ability to think through connections and metacognitive reflection
Communicative skills
At the end of the course the student will have to:
- know how to use the specific language of ecology in a proper way
- know how to compare with the visions of others in a constructive way
-be able to communicate and give reasons to the pupils’families and extra –scholastic partners for the curricular choices
- be able to report on interventions and
educational activities with different
communication methods
Ability to learn
At the end of the course the student will have to - be able to analyze different types of projects in order to meet the needs of the different learning styles;
be able to find the sources needed in order to develop effective planning methods;
place himself/ herself in the perspective of lifelong learning;
be able to form communities of colleagues developing good practices and dialogue.


It’s an educational path about environmental education, that will lead to a new way to see reality and to an idea of personal wellness.
“Tale educazione non coincide solo con l’insegnamento delle scienze naturali, né si limita a fornire nozioni riguardo all’ecologia, ma , pur comprendendo tutto ciò, deve proporsi come un’alfabetizzazione nuova, l’alfabetizzazione ecologica che tocca più o meno da vicino i contenuti e le metodologie di molte discipline.” ( Vanna Iori in “ Pedagogia al limite” pag.221 – La Nuova Italia -)

The course offers a pedagogical education to develop innovative approaches about environment, valuing local resources and examining different aspects:
perceptive- sensorial

The course work starts from the students’ previous knowledge, then it will develop, according to a multi-dimensional approach, to explore the following contents:
cultural root of problems related to environment education;
environment education problems;
evolution of educational research in the field of environment education;
open perspective of research;
basis for an ecological education.

There will be lectures, outings and workshops to exchange opinions that will become the leading ideas of the topic.
The course will be divided in:
analysis of previous knowledge;
theory lessons;
outings in natural environments (at least 2);
workshops to exchange ideas:
films / documentaries’ analysis;
writing a diary about personal feelings and ideas.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Docente del corso Dispensa e appunti del corso 2018
Luigina Mortari La materia vivente e il pensare sensibile Mimesis - Milano 2017 978-88-5754-008-5
Duccio Demetrio La religiosità della Terra - Una fede civile per la cura del mondo Raffaello Cortina 2013

Assessment methods and criteria

Evaluation will be different:
for attending students: writing a diary to reflect on action
For non-attending students: written exam to test the knowledge and the skills learned.

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