HEAT WAVES releases comprehensive Inventory of climate change education literature and standards

The HEATWAVES project, a pioneering initiative co-funded by the Erasmus Programme of the European Commission, proudly announces the completion of its exhaustive Inventory of literature, national and international standards, reports, and books focusing on teaching climate change.

The consortium undertook a meticulous research process to compile a comprehensive repository of resources related to climate change education. Researchers followed a systematic approach, beginning with the selection of keywords including “climate change education,” “teaching practices for climate change,” and “sustainable education.”

After screening and analysis, the researchers identified and catalogued approximately 80 publications that met the criteria for inclusion in the Inventory. These publications encompassed a diverse array of methodologies, research findings, and teaching practices for climate change education.

The main key findings from the Inventory can be summarised as follows:

  • Thematic analysis emerged as a dominant research methodology, alongside questionnaires, pre- and post-tests, and quasi-experimental designs. These methodologies provided valuable insights into effective teaching practices and learning outcomes.
  • Inquiry-Based learning and Experiential Learning were prominent methodologies identified in the literature, with examples highlighting their efficacy in engaging students, fostering critical thinking, and promoting real-world application of knowledge.
  • The Inventory revealed a variety of learning practices, including Authentic Learning Practices and Socio-scientific Reasoning Practices, each contributing to the development of climate change literacy and skills among students.
  • Several publications explored the integration of digitalization techniques in climate change education, demonstrating the potential of remote sensing activities and online platforms to enhance student engagement and understanding.
  • The Inventory also captured key national and international standards and guidelines for climate change education, including recommendations from UNESCO and the review of National Curriculum Frameworks from various countries.

The HEATWAVES consortium is excited about the insights gained from this comprehensive Inventory, which will inform the development of innovative educational materials and frameworks for climate change education. By leveraging successful methodologies and practices identified in the literature, alongside guidance from global organizations, HEATWAVES aims to empower students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to address the climate crisis effectively.

Check the HEATWAVES Inventory at this link


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