A designed and lived pedagogical system that cultivates scientific knowledge, ecological stewardship and public health through the development of multi use learning hubs within parks. A Learning scape uses design and narrative to enchant participants through the space, simultaneously activating them physically, mentally and ‘hopefully’ emotionally. A learningscape aims to do this by creating opportunities for affective learning, embodied play, and thus a wider appreciation of the Park as an entity.
Current discourse into affective learning theorises the importance of storytelling, embodiment and interdisciplinary learning as powerful tools for cultivating educational and public pedagogical outcomes. The learning hubs encourage movement between “classroom” settings; using paths are a tool for exploring ecological connection and physical challenge. This landscape design evokes a combination of structured and unstructured learning to occur and encourages exploring and mental engagement through ones body whilst exploring cognitive ideas, whilst in nature.
Learningscapes can be developed using site- specific ecological narrative, over arching themes throughout a parks system, soft & hard landscape construction, diverse resources (both pre- and post visit) and public artworks. This interdisciplinary combination enables the development of ecoliteracy, participation, and an enhanced connection to place and/ or the environment through embodiment. Through enhanced public participation in a parks system, the parks have far reaching service potential for public health and education, of which has added benefits to the greater society.
Important criteria within the design for Learningscapes includes shaping the learning environments and resources to be site and curriculum specific, so that they not only become an integral component of educational units, but also are accessible to teachers unfamiliar with Eco pedagogy and teaching outside of a classroom.
Learning Hub. Egg Capsules. Diversity
Moving through incubation into lifecycle play.