Active Learning Methodologies

Toolkits grouped

ACTIVE LEARNING METHODOLOGIES

The Images and Objects Toolkit is for facilitators and teachers interested in education for sustainable development. The booklet includes step-by-step instructions for planning and implementing Education for Sustainable Development activities by using images and objects, together with a starter kit of sample images.

Active learning methodologies encourage students to question the way they think, the values they hold and the decisions they make in the context of sustainable development. Many schools do not yet provide education for consumer citizenship and sustainable consumption which is value-based, holistic, systematic, active and related to student’s everyday life. Active learning methodology stimulates the willingness to source correct information, appreciate the perspectives of others, reflect on the outcomes and impact of our actions, and embrace change which is required in order for us to modify our way of living and reflect a responsible approach to everyday life decisions that foster sustainability. The ultimate goal is for students to be open to change, to act co-operatively, to think, discuss and draw conclusions about different every day activities in a holistic, critical and creative way for the betterment of all humans.

Training Manual for Responsible Living

Partners in the PERL work group,  Active Learning Methodologies, have created a Training Manual  for teacher training seminars. The Training Manual builds on practical experience from a number of different countries and is intended as an aid to other teacher trainers. It is interdisciplinary and is a contribution to the U.N. Decade on Education for Sustainable Development.

Short description of each available toolkit: 

The toolkit "Education for Sustainable Development" is the first in the Active Methodology Images and Objects series and builds on the already well documented use of images and photographs in education. The toolkit might provide a "quick start" for teachers/facilitators who would like to use a visual approach to exploring aspects of Sustainable Development in their teaching and learning environment.
The toolkit "Personal Consumption and Climate Change" is the second in the Active Methodology Images and Objects series and focuses in particular on using photographs and a range of active teaching and learning approaches and strategies to explore the themes of: personal consumption, climate change and responsible living. 
The toolkit "Financial Literacy, personal finance management" is the third in the Active Methodology Images and Objects series and aims to help learners gain knowledge and understanding of the concepts of personal finance and the various terms related to the theme. It further helps learners apply their newly gained knowledge in an integrated manner in order to make responsible choices and take action for their own benefit and the benefit of others. 
The toolkit "Time as a Resource" is the fourth in the Active Learning Methodology Images and Objects series and focuses on using a range of active teaching and learning approaches and strategies to explore the themes of: the inter-relationship between environmental, economic, social and political resources in everyday life; time as a resource and the ability to think of the future; and critical analysis, planning and decision making in determining personal action. 
The toolkit "Whats the story" is the fifth in the Active Methodology Images and Objects series and focuses on STORYTELLING as a key teaching and learning strategy, to explore themes related to responsible living and sustainable development. The toolkit includes background information on education for responsible and sustainable living, the Millennium and Development Goals (MDG’s) and storytelling as an active learning methodology.
The toolkit "The power of Media" is the sixth in the Active Methodology Images and Objects series and focuses on using different media as a key teaching and learning strategy to explore themes related to responsible living and sustainable development. The toolkit presents background information on Education for Responsible and Sustainable Living and Multiple Intelligence theory and provides a range of active teaching and learning activities using different media. 
The toolkit "Why buy? The symbolic value of consumption" is the seventh in the Active Methodology Images and Objects series and focuses on historical reflection, self-analysis, and comparison of examples as key learning strategies, to help explore themes related to responsible living and sustainable development. The toolkit encourages communication between students and elders in their families or communities as a means of gaining insight into changes in consumption patterns that have taken place over the years. 
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The toolkit "Dare to Differ" is the eigth in the Active Methodology Images and Objects series and focuses on inquiry-based learning. Specifically the toolkit draws on the 5Es Model as a specific inquire-based learning model. This model adapts the generic inquiry-based learning cycle (i.e. ask-investigate-create-discuss-reflect) into a more defined set of five phases, each with a distinct purpose and learning approach. This type of transformative learning process thus elaborates a complex set of learning objectives that require the development of cognitive, emotional and practical competencies.    
The toolkit "Education for Sustainable Consumption through Mindfulness" is the ninth in the Active Methodology Images and Objects series and focuses on the different facets of mindfulness. Cultivating mindfulness is a challenge, and substantial personal experience is usually seen as an important prerequisite for teaching others. Therefore, this toolkit can best be understood as a series of exercises that can and should serve as impulses for further deepening of experiences with mindfulness.

 Copies of the Toolkits are available free of charge from ccl@inn.no

Contact the PERL office for more information when considering translating any of the Active Learning Methodology toolkits.