Connecting Social and Natural Ecologies Through a Curriculum of Giving for Student Wellbeing and Engagement

Thomas W. Nielsen, Jennifer S. Ma

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Using hermeneutic phenomenology to aid the reader 'experience' the data collected, this study reports on 18 college students, 4 staff members and the author's trip to a remote island on the Great Barrier Reef. It is a story of the (re)discovery of the social and natural ecologies that bind us together, and of how explicit teaching and learning about these ecologies can make a difference to young people's abilities to consciously be part of, contribute to, and sustain these ecologies. A grounded theory of five dimensions of giving (to self, others, communities, environment, and the whole) is offered as a beginning framework from which to imbue teaching and learning with meaning and social concern.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)215-227
Number of pages13
JournalAustralian Journal of Environmental Education
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2018


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