Words of Support for Natural Curiosity 2nd Edition
Natural Curiosity 2nd Edition is an excellent resource for educators seeking to act as co-inquirers with their students and share the learning spirit while fostering relationship with our natural kin and relations. With a newly expanded lens on Indigenous perspectives and worldviews, this resource encourages teachers with philosophies, rationales, tools and activities to help them grow ecological and social justice citizens. A timely resource and highly recommended.
Natural Curiosity is a great gift not only to North American educators, but to people around the world. As this good book makes clear, the often-Eurocentric deconstruction of reality does not represent reality. The point of natural curiosity is not to study a thing, but to inquire into the connections and relationships of all things and spirit, seen and unseen. This book is an inspiration, a doorway into a web of life and truth.
Perhaps the greatest strength of this edition is the care taken to ensure that Indigenous peoples, along with their knowledges and pedagogies, are understood as contemporary, and that they have important contributions to make to environmental education … This text is remarkable in that it takes theory, including Indigenous knowledge, and applies it through storytelling from both an educator’s and child’s perspective … Natural Curiosity takes the important step of highlighting broader societal obligations such as those laid out by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission … The pedagogy employed offers a sensitive and respectful way to present challenging topics. I much enjoyed the stories by educators and children alike and how art and creative expressions were used to convey profound teachings.
In Natural Curiosity 2nd Edition, Western ways of relating to nature intermingle with Indigenous ways. The book respects the integrity of both coexisting cultural perspectives. By understanding both, readers and their students will gain greater curiosity and deeper insights to make sense of the world around them or to solve problems.
I must admit to having a case of Canadian envy, and the second edition of Natural Curiosity is a good example of why I feel this way. There aren’t any education resources like Natural Curiosity in the United States. The wedding of theory and practice, the case studies of real live classroom curriculum, the vibrancy of childrens’ and teachers’ voices about their environmental work–it’s compelling and exciting. And the integration of Indigenous perspectives as part of the warp of the fabric of environmental inquiry makes the whole endeavor deeply equitable and just. If I teach my Place-based Education course again, this book will play a leading role.
The second edition of Natural Curiosity from Indigenous perspectives gives educators practices and pedagogies for helping learners develop a much needed deeper sense of place. We are at a significant moment in time where we need more sustainable and ecologically just ways of being in this world. This resource provides rich possibilities for all of us to achieve shared commitments to reconciling our relationships with land, people, and place.
My students and I found the first edition of this text book to be very engaging and accessible … With the incorporation of Indigenous perspectives, the 2nd edition is an even better fit! The text is an excellent balance of theoretical perspectives illustrated with practical examples from a range of classrooms. I particularly enjoyed drawing on the actual transcripts from teachers and students as they engaged in knowledge building discourse and explored students’ questions. The content also complements education transformation that is occurring in British Columbia right now.
The second edition of Natural Curiosity is an excellent resource for educators wanting to include Indigenous perspectives in their environmental inquiry with learners of all ages. More than a “how to guide”, this text engages educators in learning from Indigenous thought.
This book should be held close to the heart of all educators in Ontario. It synthesizes the breadth of current theory and provides a wide variety of critical perspectives. The 2nd Edition of Natural Curiosity acts as a beacon, lighting the path along which we should and must selectively and collectively evolve. It should be embraced by all and will, no doubt, stand as a substantial part of the foundation upon which the future of education in Canada can be built.
Natural Curiosity 2nd Edition is a resource that should be used in every classroom across Canada … Stories that include the importance of reciprocity, spirituality and place-based learning will support exemplary educators with a land-based teaching practice further connect with their students to the natural world. Through living in harmony, mutual sustainability and heightened environmental consciousness, it is what many Indigenous people and Indigenous nations around the world have already believed and practiced on a daily basis through prayer, meditation and thanksgiving since time immemorial. Quite simply, it is called “all my relations.”
This second edition of Natural Curiosity feels like an invitation and a gift. The text invites me to respect the relationships and ways of knowing that Indigenous peoples have had with this land since time immemorial. It is also an invitation to deeply understand that as a guest on Turtle Island, my role is to listen and learn. The gift is that of responsibility – now that this knowledge has been shared with me, how will I take it up with my students? From its first pages, this resource invites non-Indigenous teachers to welcome these understandings into our teaching with humility. Thank you to Doug and the entire team for this important work.
Natural Curiosity (First Edition) opened a door and inspired many educators, including myself, to engage in and shift to an environmental inquiry stance – outside! The professional development and conversations I was involved with repeatedly left educators wanting MORE. After the anticipation of this second edition, I am confident it has met its objective to go deeper. This is not a resource that will sit on a shelf, rather it will be weathered and folded from being used to align what was always meant to be connected: environmental inquiry and Indigenous ways of knowing. Congratulations on yet another outstanding resource that will set the stage for future caring environmental citizens.
Natural Curiosity 2nd Edition is a welcome, practical and vital evolution of the original edition of this resource that first appeared in 2011 with such promise. Where the first version was successful in promoting meaningful inquiry in outdoor natural space, the second edition will do that and more. For education, the practice of recognizing and applying indigenous ways of learning will inspire educators in rich new ways of teaching, and students in deep personal learning. For society, delivering on our collective commitment to reconcile Indigenous and non-Indigenous cultures to move into a future with greater hope, understanding and partnership is crucial. In short, the sacred educational ground of this important new resource needs to be an honoured path on which all educators tread.