Wild Pedagogies: Six Touchstones for Childhoodnature Theory and Practice

Reference work entry
Part of the Springer International Handbooks of Education book series (SIHE)


This chapter explores a set of educational ideas situated under the umbrella term wild pedagogies. The goal is to introduce educators interested in pedagogies related to childhoodnature to some key touchstones. The chapter starts by introducing three interlocking and overlapping conversation that are important to understanding where wild pedagogies come from and how it can be understood. The last half of the chapter is dedicated to introducing the reader to the touchstones themselves. The hope here is that the touchstones can act as supportive, challenging, and reflection-inducing mechanisms for all educators no matter where they might be in the process of changing, even wilding, their practices.


Childhood Wilderness Environment Education Wild pedagogies 


  1. Astbury, J., Huddart, S., & Théoret, P. (2009). Making the path as we walk it: Changing context and strategy on green street. Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, 14, 158–178.Google Scholar
  2. Au, W. (2011). Teaching under the new Taylorism: High-stakes testing and the standardization of the 21st century curriculum. Journal of Curriculum Studies, 43(1), 25–45.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Barnosky, A. D., Matzke, N., Tomiya, S., Wogan, G. O. U., Swartz, B., Quental, T. B., … Ferrer, E. A. (2011). Has the Earth’s sixth mass extinction already arrived? Nature, 471, 51–57. Scholar
  4. Blenkinsop, S., Affifi, R., Piersol, L., & Derby, M. (2017). Shut-up and listen: Implications and possibilities of Albert Memmi’s characteristics of colonization upon the “natural world”. Studies in Philosophy and Education, 36(3), 348–365.Google Scholar
  5. Blenkinsop, S., & Beeman, C. (2010). The world as co-teacher: Learning to work with a peerless colleague. The Trumpeter, 26(3), 26–39.Google Scholar
  6. Blenkinsop, S., & Piersol, L. (2013). Listening to the literal: Orientations: Towards how nature communicates. Phenomenology and Practice, 7(2), 41–60.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  7. Buber, M. (2002). Education. In, Between Man and Man, trans. Reginald Smith. New York, NY: Routledge. 98–123.Google Scholar
  8. Cronon, W. (1996). The trouble with wilderness: Or, getting back to the wrong nature. In W. Cronon (Ed.), Uncommon ground: Rethinking the human place in nature (pp. 69–90). New York, NY: W.W. Norton.Google Scholar
  9. Crutzen, P. J. (2002). Geology of mankind. Nature, 415, 23. Scholar
  10. Deleuze, G., & Guattari, F. (1994). What is philosophy? (G. Burchell & H. Tomlinson, Trans.). London, England: Verso.Google Scholar
  11. Derby, M., Piersol, L., & Blenkinsop, S. (2015). Refusing to settle for pigeons and parks: Urban environmental education in the age of neoliberalism. Environmental Education Research, 21(3), 378–389.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  12. Editorial. (2011). The human epoch. Nature, 473, 254. Scholar
  13. Ferreira, J. (2007). An unorthodox account of failure and success in environmental education. Unpublished Phd dissertation, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia.Google Scholar
  14. Ferreira, J. (2009). Unsettling orthodoxies: Education for the environment/for sustainability. Environmental Education Research, 15(5), 607–620.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  15. Foreman, D. (2014). The great conservation divide: Conservation vs. Resourcism on America’s public lands. Durango, CO: Ravens Eye Press.Google Scholar
  16. Griffiths, J. (2006). Wild: An elemental journey. New York, NY: Jeremy P. Tarcher.Google Scholar
  17. Haskell, D. (2017). The song of tree: Stories from nature’s great connectors. Melbourne, VIC: Black Inc.Google Scholar
  18. Jickling, B. (2009). Sitting on an old grey stone: Meditations on emotional understanding. In M. McKenzie, H. Bai, P. Hart, & B. Jickling (Eds.), Fields of green: Restorying culture, environment, and education (pp. 163–173). Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.Google Scholar
  19. Jickling, B. (2013). Normalizing catastrophe: An educational response. Environmental Education Research, 19(2), 161–176.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  20. Jickling, B. (2015). Self-willed learning: Experiments in wild pedagogy. Cultural Studies of Science Education, 10(1), 149–161. Published online first, 10 Oct 2014. Scholar
  21. Jickling, B., Sean Blenkinsop, S., Timmerman, N., & Sitka Sage, M. (Eds.). (Forthcoming, Spring 2018). Wild pedagogies: Touchstones for re-negotiating education and the environment in the anthropocene. London, England: Palgrave Macmillan.Google Scholar
  22. Latour, B. (2014). Agency at the time of the anthropocene. New Literary History, 45(1), 1–18.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  23. Næss, A., with Jickling, B. (2000). Deep ecology and education: A conversation with Arne Næss. Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, 5, 48–62.Google Scholar
  24. Orr, D. (2017). Foreword. In B. Jickling & S. Sterling (Eds.), Post-sustainability and environmental education: Remaking education for the future (pp. vii–vxi). London, England: Plagrave Macmillan.Google Scholar
  25. Pimm, S. L., Jenkins, C. N., Abell, R., Brooks, T. M., Gittleman, J. L., Joppa, L. N., … Sexton, J. O. (2014). The biodiversity of species and their rates of extinction, distribution, and protection. Science, 344(6187), 1246752. Scholar
  26. Serres, M. (2014). The natural contract. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.Google Scholar
  27. Smith, W. C. (Ed.). (2016). The global testing culture: Shaping educational policy, perceptions, and practice. Oxford, UK: Symposium Books.Google Scholar
  28. Somerville, M. (2017). The Anthropcene’s call to educational research. In K. Malone, S. Truong, & T. Gray (Eds.), Reimagining sustainability in precarious times (pp. 17–28). Singapore: Springer.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  29. Wals, A. E. J. (1990). What you can’t measure still exists. The Environmental Communicator, 12, 12.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Simon Fraser UniversityBurnabyCanada
  2. 2.Lakehead UniversityThunder BayCanada
  3. 3.Outdoor and Environmental EducationLa Trobe UniversityBendigoAustralia
  4. 4.Nord-Trøndelag UniversityBodøNorway

Section editors and affiliations

  • Sean Blenkinsop
    • 1
  • Peter Kahn
    • 2
  1. 1.Simon Fraser UniversityBurnabyCanada
  2. 2.University of WashingtonSeattleUSA

Personalised recommendations