Theory and Research

Voices for Nature‘s approach to environmental engagement is based on a broad base of theory about effective environmental communication. Our teaching practice is participatory and pragmatic. It is based on collaborative and shared working and learning by doing which improve environmental engagement and global citizenship, as promoted by organisations such as UNESCO.

Other related research which informs our activities includes:

Mind the Gap provides a critical overview of research into environmental engagement and effective behaviour change.

IBSC Action Research_Hicks Report Final by Kerri Hicks, biology teacher and key Voices for Nature supporter who helped conceive the Jabuji Debates.

There is a long debate by neurologists and psychologists on whether literary fiction stimulates empathy or whether empathetic individuals are drawn to a particular genre. Here is some recent thinking on the subject from academics at Cambridge University.

Through our own work with fiction as a learning tool, we have found that the more time participants spent ‘getting into character’, the more engaged and energised was the ensuing debate and the more fun the learning.

Voices for Nature’s founders and collaborators all have a background in environmental communication and campaigns or have extensive teaching experience with young people.