Do you want to learn more about complex ecological systems, nature-culture relations, and field-based science? We have designed these frameworks for educators working in a variety of places (community-based organizations of all types, homes, schools). Each framework provides in-depth, research-based information about its topic, as well as a variety of appendices that help educators put their new learning into practice. These include vignettes that show the ideas in practice and a self-assessment that educators can use to reflect on their current and future thinking and practice.

Power and Historicity Framework

Learning Frameworks Overview

Power and historicity permeate all aspects of socio-ecological systems. This framework provides an overview of the ways power and historicity, as well as some routine dimensions associated with power and historicity in a US context, are present in learning environments and shape interactions at individual and institutional levels. This framework is intended to articulate some key concepts, and can support the development of orientations and practice that transform normative forms of power and privilege and engage learner, family, and community agency towards ethical, just, and sustainable forms of learning and being. 

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Family and Community Framework for Engagement and Collaboration

Learning Frameworks Overview

This framework 1) identifies several models of family engagement that support or hinder familial & communal thriving and learning across places; and 2) proposes key shifts in family engagement that can support transformational partnerships towards familial and communal thriving and learning across places.

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Observations and Data Collection for Making Sense of Phenomena Framework

Learning Frameworks Overview

Observations are a multi-sensory way of noticing and learning about socio-ecological phenomena in the world. Through scaffolding and guidance, systematic observations can become a form of data collection. This framework is intended to support educators in facilitating and scaffolding observations and data collection in field-based learning environments. 

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Nature-Culture Relations Framework

Learning Frameworks Overview

 From our everyday choices, to how we build communities (even in dense urban environments), to national and global policy, nearly every aspect of our sensemaking, decisions, and societal infrastructure are shaped by culturally constructed conceptions of human relations with the natural world–what we refer to as nature-culture relations.  

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Socio-ecological Histories of Place Framework

Learning Frameworks Overview

Thinking within and across many time scales is necessary to understand the complexity of socio-ecological systems more deeply. Research shows that thinking across time scales is an important practice of scientists, and that they need to understand the geologic and past social contexts of the land they are studying in order to understand the land as it is today (and what it might become in the future). Further understanding social systems also requires thinking across scales. 

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