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Supporting Climate Education Through a Novel Framework of Climate Kind Pedagogy

June 4 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

This event is part of the CTLT Spring Institute, taking place from June 3–6, 2024.

The climate crisis, the pandemic, and related social inequities indicate the need for education that teaches compassion and care towards the planet. Climate change and the related social impacts have necessitated a re-think of traditional pedagogies. University educators are faced with the challenge to not only engage learners in these conversations, but to support and address the range of emotions and pedagogical complexities that involve socio-scientific realities. Climate Kind Pedagogy (CKP) cultivates climate and justice informed approaches, and promotes the practice of kindness within educational settings.

The framework for Climate-Kind Pedagogy addresses foundational values that are reflected in syllabus & course planning; attitudes of the teacher; and activities, tools, evaluation strategies and expected outcomes. The pedagogy is grounded in a commitment to confront oppressive practices and to support students from all cultural backgrounds while honouring lived experiences and cultural knowledge. In this session, participants will be introduced to the novel CKP framework and its practical features, as well as, key approaches that help learners acquire the competences to foster collaborative problem-solving and decision-making while encouraging action for ecology and cultural diversity. Participants will engage with tangible examples of CKP approaches and explore ways to incorporate them in their own practice.

Facilitator: Dr. Kshamta Hunter, Manager, Transformative Learning & Student Engagement, Sustainability Hub; Instructor, Faculty of Education, UBCV