Acronym: Eduscape

Project title: Landscape and Climate Change Adaptation in Education

Project Start: Feb 2022; Project End: July 2024

Objectives (from the project proposal):

Aim of the project is to promote education about landscape in schools and educational centres (in formal and informal education). The target group is children between 6 and 15 years in Europe, and the project seeks to raise landscape awareness and knowledge, not just among children, but also on the part of their teachers and parents. It focuses on teaching and learning about the central role of landscape in addressing current societal issues, such as – but not only – climate change adaptation and sustainable development.

 

Society is becoming increasingly aware that environmental education is a vital precondition for an environmentally aware and responsible society which is both socially inclusive appreciative of its cultural heritage. However, while the environment has always been an abstract concept to grasp (especially for children) the landscape – to paraphrase the European Landscape Convention – is the environment as perceived by people and thus far more easy for everyone to relate to (Council of Europe, 2000).

 

A range of current landscape-related societal issues (in particular climate change, biodiversity loss, social inclusion, diversity, cultural heritage and identity) define the horizontal priorities of the project. Sustainable landscape maintenance is also an issue, which hitherto has not been at the centre of general interest. Perceiving this problem, the outcome of the project offers a foundation for innovative future-oriented school curricula on landscape, while focusing on the development of key competences and building awareness and engagement in sustainability relevant activities on the part of the target group.

 

Project outputs include a collection of integrated educational materials and online activities for both children and teachers, which can be downloaded from a new interactive internet platform. The materials will be textual, audio-visual and interactive. The topic of landscape (including its history, natural processes, current problems and global/local challenges) provides a variety of approaches to gaining a comprehensive perception of the environment, including the need for its conservation and development from the local to the regional level. As a consequence children should acquire a sense of agency with regard to the landscape, and an understanding of the importance of sustainable lifestyles.

 

 

Project partners:

 

CESKE VYSOKE UCENI TECHNICKE V PRAZE, CZ (Lead partner)

UNIVERSIDAD REY JUAN CARLOS, ES

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI CAMERINO, IT

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN, AT

Město přátelské k dětem, z.s. CZ

 

Project Team TU Wien LANDSCAPE: Prof. em. Richard Stiles; Prof Dr. Peter Kurz; NN