December 10, 2014 Crossfields Institute

Outdoor nurseries are sweeping the UK, their focus on fresh air and child-centred learning rather than testing. But can they prepare children for our technology-obsessed world? https://www.theguardian.com/education/2014/dec/09/the-school-in-the-woods-outdoor-education-modern-britain

December 7, 2014 Crossfields Institute

The latest issue of the International peer reviewed journal Environmental Values has an editorial by Isis titled ‘Ethical Intuitions, Welfare and Permaculture’.  As well as mentioning the papers in the issue of the journal it discusses a problem in animal welfare called ‘the blind hens’ challenge’, which is a great conversation starter. It is available…

December 6, 2014 Crossfields Institute

Higher Education for everyone? So, how is the idea of ‘Widening Participation’ actually developing? You can read the OFFA and HEFCE report here: https://www.offa.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/OFFA201405-1213monitoring-outcomes.pdf

December 5, 2014 Crossfields Institute

Dr Chris Seeley, who was our Head of Faculty of Action Research for Social Innovation, passed away on the 3rd of December. Chris was an incredible action researcher – artist – clown – person! We shall miss her. Learners, colleagues and affiliates who knew Chris and wish to write to us about her work and…

December 3, 2014 Crossfields Institute

How do you make sure your research is ethical? asks the Guardian in this article: https://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/blog/2014/may/20/why-research-ethics-matter. Dr Isis Brook, Head of Faculty for Environment and Transdisciplinary Studies at Crossfields Institute has developed a new and exciting module in Ethics that will be offered as part of a suite of Masters programmes launching in 2015. For…

December 1, 2014 Crossfields Institute

A visit to the Duchy Home Farm took place on a grey but thankfully dry day on Saturday for the MSc in Practical Skills Therapeutic Education students. An excellent guided tour from the Farm Manager to HRH Prince Charles around his organic farm that supports education and research by hosting workshops that promote the links…

November 28, 2014 Crossfields Institute

We are pleased to announce that the Level 4 Diploma in Steiner Waldorf Early Childhood Studies (Early Years Educator) (VRQ) has just been accredited by Ofqual. Crossfields Institute have been developing this qualification over the last 18 months with the London Steiner Kindergarten Training Company Ltd (particular thanks to Lynne Oldfield) as lead development partner, who provided…

November 24, 2014 Crossfields Institute

Permaculture is great at spreading via grassroots sharing. It is an inspiration for 21st century communication. Innovations like https://permaculture-research.blogspot [website no longer exists] help in mobilising practitioners to build up evidence. It would be great to see permaculture breaking through more often into academic journals and influencing government policy. The MSc Researching Holistic Approaches to Agroecology from Crossfields Institute (pending final approval with the University of…