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Learning Without Walls

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  • A short course 'Learning without walls' - Creative pedagogy for 21st century teaching and learning in the natural environment' is taking place on:

    Thursday May 16th 2019 from 1.00pm - 4.30pm

    Presented by Prof. Carmel O’Sullivan and Brian Poots

    Cost: €35 (includes a sandwich lunch at 12.30pm and tea/coffee mid afternoon)

    Venue: Russborough House & Parklands, Blessington, Co. Wicklow

    Booking Details: To reserve a place, please contact Ms Pauline Swords

    This short course will explore the theory and practice of teaching and learning creatively across the curriculum using arts-based pedagogies and nature as a stimulus to exploring our natural landscape.

    Following a successful project at Clandeboye Estate involving Brian Poots of the Northern Ireland Forest Schools Association, Lady Dufferin coined the term 'Learning without walls' to describe an approach to education where children and young people enjoy learning in the natural environment.

    This course will discuss the related 21st century skills of creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication, which underpin all learning and teaching in a rapidly changing century. It will demonstrate how these skills can foster students' well-being through spending time outdoors experiencing and enjoying learning through nature.

    The first half of the course will introduce teachers and others with an interest in this area to compelling educational arguments about developing students' creative and critical faculties, sharing practical advice on how to achieve this in educational contexts. The second half will involve participants in experiencing a series of outdoor creative activities such as den building, which can be used with students to encourage their engagement with nature and the environment around them on a regular basis.

    This course is offered in partnership between Russborough, Trinity College, the Irish Forest School's Association, and the National Gallery of Ireland. The Beits were passionate about preserving Russborough for the people of Ireland, and using their house, its collections and parklands as an inspiring centre for arts-based learning for children and young people locally and nationally.