Webinar on Science Outdoor Education: challenges in science teacher training


Thursday, April 19, 2018, 9:30am to 10:30am


RCC Conference Room, 26 Trowbridge St., Cambridge MA

This webinar will be livestreamed beginning at 9:30am EMT on April 19, 2018. The event will go live at the scheduled time at the following link: https://goo.gl/VKn4NZ

Why do science teachers teach inside classrooms and labs? What keeps teachers from taking students out from the classroom and into the field? The answers to these questions may be related to how we are training our teachers.


Taking students to outdoor natural spaces is understood by students as a “fun” activity and by many teachers as an activity that doesn’t necessarily involve “authentic” science. Indeed, taking students out into the “wild” is often perceived by teachers as risky fun.  While biologists and botanists base a large part of their work in field studies, this approach to learning science seems not to permeate the way current science classes are taught. A switch in teacher training is needed in order to include outdoor education as a cornerstone of science education.

In this event, we’ll have a conversation between botanist Olga Mayoral García-Berlanga, coordinator for the specialization in Biology and Geology of the Master's Degree in Secondary Education from the Universitat de València; and Ana María Caballero McGuire, Children’s Education Fellow at the Arnold Arboretum, who has worked for more than 25 years in elementary education and now promotes outdoor science education through professional development offerings at the Arnold Arboretum and teacher training at Boston University.

Speakers: Olga Mayoral García-Berlanga, RCC Fellow, Visiting Researcher at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, Departamento de Didáctica de las Ciencias Experimentales y Sociales, University of Valencia; Ana María Caballero McGuire, Children’s Education Fellow, Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

Sponsors: RCC; Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University; University of Valencia