Is the ‘Lone Environmental Educator’ still alone? The lines, knots and knotting of environmental educator networks

The current educational climate in Australia is one of low-support and high expectations. Networking amongst educators of similar expertise and passion can create a more supportive working environment.  A Southern Cross University School of Education research project, supported by AAEE NSW, explored the social and emotional effects of different types of networking activities on environmental educators who work in the schools, government, industry, and community education sectors. This project took place from August – December 2018, with 10 members of the Mid North Coast Sustainability Educators Network (MNCSEN) participating.  They met monthly, keeping visual diaries about their networking experiences, which were then shared and analysed at the monthly gatherings. The findings were clear: both formal and informal networking is an aspect of environmental educators’ working life that greatly supports and enhances their emotional and social well-being. This presentation will share the processes and findings of this research project, with time for a Q&A at the end.

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Location: Room 1 - Snapshots
Date: 04/10/2019 Time: 11:30 am - 11:45 am Lisa Siegel