Contributing to change? Responding to future-focused issues through education outside the classroom.

Funding year: 
2 years
Victoria University of Wellington
School sector
Project start date: 
January 2019
Project end date: 
March 2021
Principal investigator(s): 
Dr. Andrea Milligan
Research team members: 
Dr Sarah Rusholme
Research partners: 
School partners: Corinna School; Newtown School; Island Bay School; Wellington East Girls’ College Informal education provider partners: Dowse Art Museum; City Gallery Wellington; Zealandia; New Zealand Police Museum; Museums Wellington; Ministry for Culture and Heritage; City Gallery Wellington; National Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa; National Library of New Zealand; Government House Wellington; Wellington Zoo; Capital E.

This project explores how education outside the classroom can enhance children and young people’s exploration of, and responses to, significant societal and environmental challenges. Working with four primary and secondary teachers, and 12 informal educators, this two-year collaborative action research project investigates how the cross-curricular themes of ‘future-focused issues’ and ‘active participation’ are conceptualised and enacted through education outside the classroom. The project explores how closer collaboration between teachers and informal educators, and stronger connections across classroom and informal learning experiences, could support children and young people’s critical, creative and democratic engagement with issues that face them and society.