Spring/Summer 2001 Update
Expanding the Program
GEA-China has received numerous requests for this program from
communities throughout China, however, for reasons of testing and
control, the initial release has been limited to schools located
in or around the Beijing area. This has helped to refine the material
and adapt it to meet the needs of the Chinese education system.
The program is now ready to be offered to schools nationwide.
Teachers enjoyed the Web of Life Activity at the
Spring 2000 Teacher Training
Laura Utley, Misha Krakowsky, Dean
Paschall, and Bill Hawks meet with Michael Crook and the Jane Goodall
Institute (JGI) team in Beijing to Discuss cooperation in educational
out reach opportunities. GEA-China is working with the JGI team to
help spread the EE message to schools across China.
Train the Trainers
One of the master teachers giving a presentation
on what she learned about the environment and cooperative learning
|In addition to showing the teachers how to apply the
GEA-China material in their classrooms, a supplementary special workshops
will be presented this summer. These seminars are designed to offer
teachers the tools and training necessary to conduct workshops in
their home region.
Students Environmental Education Textbook
To better serve the needs of teachers and students in China, GEA-China
is working to develop a brand new EE textbook. The new text will
use the pedagogical principals of cooperative education, a highly
interactive style of instruction that encourages student/teacher
interactions, while incorporating those environmental issues and
data specific to China.
Recent meeting in Beijing to discuss the student
EE textbook. Left to Right: Ms. Bao Hong, Mr. Wang Weizhong, Madame
Deng Nan (Vice Minister of MOST), Ms. Laura Utley, and Mr. Xu Jie
Landmark Agreement Announced: The State Environmental
Protection Agency (SEPA) to Join in Cooperative Agreement with GEA-China
Laura Utley (center), Mr. Wang Weizhong (left),
Co-Chairs of GEA-China, meet with Mr. Jia Feng of SEPA (right)
GEA-China and SEPA have reached a landmark agreement to join together
and offer GEA - Chinas' environmental education curriculum with the full
endorsement of SEPA. This agreement brings with it access to the more
than 3000 "green schools" operating under the guidance of SEPA. Green
schools are identified as having EE as a primary focus in their curriculum.
This will also provide an additional training center from which to offer
training sessions. The Center for Environmental Education and Communication
is solely dedicated to the instruction and dissemination of EE programs
and materials. This agreement will also foster cooperation between GEA-China,
MOST and SEPA, two ministries within China that are involved with environmental
University Fellowship Program - Huxley College
GEA-China fellowship students working at Huxley
College of Environmental Studies.
Through a partnership between GEA-China, United Airlines and Huxley
College of Environmental Studies at Western Washington University,
four faculty members from Capital Normal University (CNU) in Beijing traveled
to the US to study at Huxley College. The students spent the fall quarter
writing articles, collaborating with faculty, and giving lectures. Now,
back at CNU, they are offering courses on the subjects they studied, as
well as writing articles for the Chinese media. GEA-China sponsored exchanges,
such as the University Fellowship Program, are more than just academic.
Through exchanges such as this, GEA-China strives to build stronger bonds
and foster relationships between our two countries, helping everyone to
work together for a better future.
As a follow up to the exchange program, administrators at both Huxley
and CNU are currently exploring the possibility of co-hosting a symposium
Poster created from studying ecotourism in the Olympic Pennisula.
"I was impressed by the techniques we experienced at Huxley,
they are very different from those used in China. I found the methods
very flexible; students are encouraged to ask questions and are
allowed to freely express their ideas. Students work in small groups,
discuss issues and use the Internet extensively for supplemental
material and research. I will introduce all these techniques to
Department of Geography
Capital Normal University of Beijing
Poster created from studying ecotourism at Mt.
"There are so many things to do about the environment in
China. As a teacher, I have the responsibility for the environmental
education in China and usage of the knowledge I learned from America
to educate the students in my university. We need more and more
people concerned our earth, because the earth is unique, and we
need more and more people to join in to protect our surviving environment
so that everyone has a good environment in which to live and to
leisure. I very much appreciate the program supported by Global
Communications for Conservation, Inc. and United Airlines. Because
of your support, I can finish my task smoothly."
Zhongcheng Yan , Ph. D.
Associate Professor Department of Biology
Capital Normal University
College Environmental Education Textbook
The students of the Huxley College Fellowship Exchange, graduate students
from CNU and several other Universities in China have spent the last year
working to create the first environmental textbook for Normal Universities
non -environmental majors. Most of the draft is finished and in the process
of proof reading and editing. At the same time, the text is being piloted
this semester in 45 classes at CNU. The book will also be piloted in Shanghai
Huadong Normal University, the most prestigious Normal University in the
region. This textbook is being developed under the cooperation and guidance
of GEA-China. When finished, the text will be used in Normal colleges
across China to instruct future teachers on how to integrate EE into lessons
across the curriculum. This landmark text will also be the first college
text in China to focus on techniques of inter-disciplinary education.
Some of the topics included in the book will include: Beijing Water Quality,
Eco-Tourism, Ecological Environment in Western China, and Panda Habitat
Preservation and many more.
Temple of Confucious
Pan Shumin (left), who is directing work on the college textbook,
during meetings with Laura Utley.
"During the three months I spent at the Huxley College of Environmental
Studies, and by attending the North American Association for Environmental
Education conference in Texas, my vision has broadened. I have seen
the interdisciplinary efforts EE and environmental science and in
this regard, Huxley is way ahead of the curve in innovative interdisciplinary
curriculum. As a result of this visit, we will do our utmost to
help promote EE in China and create a channel for communication
at home and abroad."
Head of Language Department
Capital Normal University of Beijing
Teacher Training Workshops
Dean Paschall, Executive Director of GEA-China,
leading a teacher-training workshop
|Now in the third consecutive year of providing quality
EE workshops, GEA-China continues to build on the success of each
preceding session. The team is now preparing for the next series of
workshops, scheduled for this summer in Beijing. Although EE is the
focus of the workshops, this is often the first exposure for these
Chinese teachers to techniques in cooperative education. In cooperative
education programs, students work in small groups to solve real world
problems utilizing student-centered activities in a highly energetic
and interactive format. This teaching style is brand new to China
and has been enthusiastically embraced by the teachers. The technique
fosters student empowerment, creative problem solving and shows how
working together can effect positive environmental change.
Expanding the Program
Laura Utley and Misha Krakowsky meet with
Steve Lieberman of United Airlines during a recent visit to Beijing.
We at GEA-China would like to recognize United for the generous support
they have provided for all of our GEA-China program activities. Thank
you United Airlines!
GEA-China greatfully acknowledges:
- Its founding partner, Enron;
- Our continuing partner, United;
- And our newest partner, McDonald's of Beijing.
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