2013 GLOBAL STEMx EDUCATION CONFERENCE – its virtual and free

September 19 – 21, 2013
The world’s first massively open online conference for educators focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and more (the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics acronym is no longer adequate, as it is missing well over 20 letters that represent key skills & disciplines). Therefore, x = Computer Science (CS), Computational Thinking (CT), Inquiry (I), Creativity & Innovation (CI), Global Fluency (GF), Collaboration ( C ), …and other emerging disciplines & 21st century skills.
Important Dates: The call for proposals is currently open at the website and acceptances have started. Proposals can made between now and September 1st.
News and Information: As this is the first year of the conference, we’re working hard to reach out to all organizations involved in STEMx endeavors, and encourage you to become a conference partner (it’s free, and comes with some benefits!).

If you don’t know the work of Steve Hargadon and his team then explore now…    http://www.stevehargadon.com


This is an update of the worldwide virtual conferences from Web 2.0 Labs.

Africa Learning Barometer Focusing on Quality Education in sub-Saharan Africa

The quality of education in many parts of sub saharan Africa is still woefully low and equity is still a far off goal – it is worth spending time reflecting on recent statistics and considering effective action.

RESEARCH: Africa Learning Barometer Focusing on Quality Education in sub-Saharan Africa
Brookings Centers – Center for Universal Education

The Africa Learning Barometer illustrates the urgent need to accelerate education progress and improve equity in learning outcomes in sub-Saharan Africa where disparities in achievement exist: between boys and girls; between urban and rural communities; and between the wealthy and the poor, which is the most divisive of disparities.

Even as access to education has improved in sub-Saharan Africa (primary school enrollment has increased from 59 percent to 77 percent in sub-Saharan Africa over the past decade), learning achievement remains alarmingly low. Regional assessments show low and uneven level of knowledge acquisition during the foundational years of primary school. This has adverse implications for knowledge and skills acquisition in later grades and for the long-term development and economic growth of the region.

The challenge facing the region now is to continue to expand access in order to meet the growing demand in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly for the most marginalized, while also implementing policy and programs to address the achievement gap. With a regional fertility rate of 5.1, compared to a global average of 2.4, and a 2030 projected population size of 1.5 billion people, there needs to be an increase in the supply of educational opportunities for all children.

Although there are assessments at regional and national level in sub-Saharan Africa, there is no comparable measure of learning across countries (World Bank, 2009) to show learning challenges in context and to benchmark countries’ progress. The Africa Learning Barometer used assessment data on literacy and numeracy at primary level for 28 countries. Although data was not comparable, it sheds light on the depth and nature of the problem. More needs to be done to understand the nature of the learning challenge affecting children’s development at pre-school, primary school and post-primary school and across a range of learning domains.

Current measures of education quality in sub-Saharan Africa often fail to capture important aspects of learning that cannot easily be demonstrated by cognitive tasks, such as behavioral attributes that are acquired through schooling, such as punctuality, teamwork, honesty, interpersonal skills and loyalty even if they are not building academic skills. These attributes are rarely accounted for in current forms of assessment though they are linked with a range of life outcomes.

For details, read the full article here.

Ecology and Society – including research on education and resilience.

A number of interesting articles appear in Ecology and Society volume 18, No 2.

Take article 18 –

Education, Vulnerability, and Resilience after a Natural Disaster (Elizabeth Frankenberg , Bondan Sikoki , Cecep Sumantri , Wayan Suriastini  and Duncan Thomas)

 Their key conclusion to a study on the links between education and resilience in Indonesia was :

Five years after the tsunami, the better educated were in better psycho-social health than those with less education. In sum, education is associated with higher levels of resilience over the longer term.

This article can be accessed :

Education, Vulnerability, and Resilience after a Natural Disaster

Elizabeth Frankenberg, Bondan Sikoki, Cecep Sumantri, Wayan Suriastini, and Duncan Thomas
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It is worth considering how your work in education builds reilience in individuals and communities and ‘future proofs’ them in emergencies. Climate change is likely to increase the need for better preparedness for emergencies such as flooding.


For more articles from this journal:


New Issue Announcement

Volume 18, Issue 2| June 2013

Editors-in-Chief Carl Folke and Lance Gunderson are pleased to announce the publication of Volume 18, Issue 2 of Ecology and Society. This issue sees the closure of the following special feature: 1) Law and Social-Ecological Resilience, Part I, Contributions from Resilience 2011 edited by Ahjond Garmestani, Craig Allen, and Melinda Harm Benson. We are also pleased to publish the first manuscripts in the following special features: 1)Heterogeneity and Resilience of Human-Rangifer Systems: A CircumArctic Synthesis edited by Gary Kofinas, 2) Cooperation, Local Communities, and Marine Social-Ecological Systems: New Findings from Latin Americaedited by Henrik Österblom and Sebastian Villasante, 3) Exploring Opportunities for Advancing Collaborative Adaptive Management (CAM): Integrating Experience and Practice edited by Jim Berkley and David Galat, 4)Beyond Carbon: Enabling Justice and Equity in REDD+ Across Levels of Governance edited by Heike Schroeder, Thomas Sikor, and Constance McDermott, and 5) A Framework for Analyzing, Comparing, and Diagnosing Social-Ecological Systems edited by Pieter Bots, Maja Schlüter, and Jan Sendzimir.

To read the full text of the articles in these features, or to access all other articles published in this issue, please see the table of contents below.

Table of Contents: Volume 18, Issue 2 
Special feature manuscripts are accompanied by a link (sf) which may be clicked to view the full table of contents for that Special Feature.


Guest Editorial


Can Law Foster Social-Ecological Resilience?

Ahjond S. Garmestani, Craig R. Allen, and Melinda H. Benson


Seasonal Climate Variation and Caribou Availability: Modeling Sequential Movement Using Satellite-Relocation Data

Craig Nicolson, Matthew Berman, Colin Thor West, Gary P. Kofinas, Brad Griffith, Don Russell, and Darcy Dugan
Resilience and Administrative Law

Derek Armitage
Using Traditional Ecological Knowledge to Improve Holistic Fisheries Management: Transdisciplinary Modeling of a Lagoon Ecosystem of Southern Mexico

Alejandro Espinoza-Tenorio, Matthias Wolff, Ileana Espejel, and Gabriela Montaño-Moctezuma
Aligning Key Concepts for Global Change Policy: Robustness, Resilience, and Sustainability

John M Anderies, Carl Folke, Brian Walker, and Elinor Ostrom
Engaging Local Communities in Low Emissions Land-Use Planning: a Case Study from Laos

Jeremy Bourgoin, Jean-Christophe Castella, Cornelia Hett, Guillaume Lestrelin, and Andreas Heinimann
EU Water Governance: Striking the Right Balance between Regulatory Flexibility and Enforcement?

Olivia O Green, Ahjond S. Garmestani, Helena F. M. W. van Rijswick, and Andrea M. Keessen
Uncommon among the Commons? Disentangling the Sustainability of the Peruvian Anchovy Fishery

Milena Arias Schreiber and Andrew Halliday
Complexity of Stakeholder Interaction in Applied Research

Caroline Pade-Khene, Rebecca Luton, Tarina Jordaan, Sandra Hildbrand, Cecile Gerwel Proches, Andile Sitshaluza, James Dominy, Wonga Ntshinga, and Nosipho Moloto
Innovation in Management Plans for Community Conserved Areas: Experiences from Australian Indigenous Protected Areas

Jocelyn Davies, Rosemary Hill, Fiona J Walsh, Marcus Sandford, Dermot Smyth, and Miles C Holmes
The Role of Indigenous Ecological Knowledge in Managing Rangelands Sustainably in Northern Iran

Mehdi Ghorbani, Hossein Azarnivand, Ali Akbar Mehrabi, Mohammad Jafari, Hooshang Nayebi, and Klaus Seeland
Education as a Determinant of Response to Cyclone Warnings: Evidence from Coastal Zones in India

Upasna Sharma, Anand Patwardhan, and Anthony G Patt
Preferences of Local People for the Use of Peatlands: the Case of the Richest Peatland Region in Finland

Anne Tolvanen, Artti Juutinen, and Rauli Svento
Equity, Power Games, and Legitimacy: Dilemmas of Participatory Natural Resource Management

Cecile Barnaud and Annemarie Van Paassen
Comparing Global Coordination Mechanisms on Energy, Environment, and Water

Susanne Schubert and Joyeeta Gupta
Resilience in Transboundary Water Governance: the Okavango River Basin

Olivia O. Green, Barbara A. Cosens, and Ahjond S. Garmestani
Intermediate Collaborative Adaptive Management Strategies Build Stakeholder Capacity

Martha C. Monroe, Richard Plate, and Annie Oxarart
The Patronage of Thirst: Exploring Institutional Fit on a Divided Cyprus

Dimitrios Zikos and Matteo Roggero
The Role of Economic and Social Factors Driving Predator Control in Small-Game Estates in Central Spain

Miguel Delibes-Mateos, Silvia Díaz-Fernández, Pablo Ferreras, Javier Viñuela, and Beatriz Arroyo
A Social–Ecological System Approach to Analyze Stakeholders’ Interactions within a Large-Scale Rangeland Restoration Program

Thorunn Petursdottir, Olafur Arnalds, Susan Baker, Luca Montanarella, and Ása L Aradóttir
Transition Landscapes and Social Networks: Examining On-Gound Community Resilience and its Implications for Policy Settings in Multiscalar Systems

Ruth Beilin, Nicole Tania Reichelt, Barbara Joyce King, Allison Long, and Stephanie Cam
Fostering Complexity Thinking in Action Research for Change in Social–Ecological Systems

Kevin H Rogers, Rebecca Luton, Harry Biggs, Reinette (Oonsie) Biggs, Sonja Blignaut, Aiden G Choles, Carolyn G Palmer, and Pius Tangwe
Understanding the Mechanisms of Collective Decision Making in Ecological Restoration: An Agent-Based Model of Actors and Organizations

Cristy Watkins, Dean Massey, Jeremy Brooks, Kristen Ross, and Moira L. Zellner
Missing Links in Global Water Governance: a Processes-Oriented Analysis

Claudia Pahl-Wostl, Ken Conca, Annika Kramer, Josefina Maestu, and Falk Schmidt
Small Sawmills Persevere While the Majors Close: Evaluating Resilience and Desirable Timber Allocation in British Columbia, Canada

Evelyn W Pinkerton and Jordan Benner
Cultivating Communication: Participatory Approaches in Land Restoration in Iceland

Brita Berglund, Lars Hallgren, and Ása L. Aradóttir
Long-Term Forest Dynamics and Land-Use Abandonment in the Mediterranean Mountains, Corsica, France

Almudena San Roman Sanz, Catherine Fernandez, Florent Mouillot, Lila Ferrat, Daniel Istria, and Vanina Pasqualini
Equity and REDD+ in the Media: a Comparative Analysis of Policy Discourses

Monica Di Gregorio, Maria Brockhaus, Tim Cronin, Efrian Muharrom, Levania Santoso, Sofi Mardiah, and Mirjam Büdenbender
Using Artificial Neural Networks for the Analysis of Social-Ecological Systems

Ulrich J. Frey and Hannes Rusch
Modeling Social-Ecological Feedback Effects in the Implementation of Payments for Environmental Services in Pasture-Woodlands

Robert Huber, Simon Briner, Alexander Peringer, Stefan Lauber, Roman Seidl, Alexander Widmer, François Gillet, Alexandre Buttler, Quang Bao Le, and Christian Hirschi
Combining Policy Network and Model-Based Scenario Analyses: An Assessment of Future Ecosystem Goods and Services in Swiss Mountain Regions

Christian Hirschi, Alexander Widmer, Simon Briner, and Robert Huber
Constructing Consistent Multiscale Scenarios by Transdisciplinary Processes: the Case of Mountain Regions Facing Global Change

Fridolin Simon Brand, Roman Seidl, Quang Bao Le, Julia Maria Brändle, and Roland Werner Scholz
Communication in Natural Resource Management: Agreement between and Disagreement within Stakeholder Groups

Wouter de Nooy
The Concept of Resilience from a Normative Perspective: Examples from Dutch Adaptation Strategies

Andrea M. Keessen, Jurrien M. Hamer, Helena F. M. W. Van Rijswick, and Mark Wiering



Vulnerability to Weather Disasters: the Choice of Coping Strategies in Rural Uganda

Jennifer F Helgeson, Simon Dietz, and Stefan Hochrainer-Stigler
Emergence of Global Adaptive Governance for Stewardship of Regional Marine Resources

Henrik Österblom and Carl Folke
Analyzing the Concept of Planetary Boundaries from a Strategic Sustainability Perspective: How Does Humanity Avoid Tipping the Planet?

Karl-Henrik Robèrt, Göran I Broman, and George Basile
Developing Adaptive Capacity to Droughts: the Rationality of Locality

Lisa W. Welsh, Joanna Endter-Wada, Rebekah Downard, and Karin M. Kettenring
A Policy Analysis Perspective on Ecological Restoration

Susan Baker and Katarina Eckerberg
Perceiving and Responding to Gradual Landscape Change at the Community Level: Insights from a Case Study on Agricultural Abandonment in the Black Forest, Germany

Claudia Bieling



REDD+ for the poor or the poor for REDD+? About the limitations of environmental policies in the Amazon and the potential of achieving environmental goals through pro-poor policies

Benno Pokorny, Imme Scholz, and Wil de Jong
An Operational Framework for Defining and Monitoring Forest Degradation

Ian D Thompson, Manuel R. Guariguata, Kimiko Okabe, Carlos Bahamondez, Robert Nasi, Victoria Heymell, and Cesar Sabogal
Framing Sustainability in a Telecoupled World

Jianguo Liu, Vanessa Hull, Mateus Batistella, Ruth DeFries, Thomas Dietz, Feng Fu, Thomas W. Hertel, R. Cesar Izaurralde, Eric F. Lambin, Shuxin Li, Luiz A. Martinelli, William J. McConnell, Emilio F. Moran, Rosamond Naylor, Zhiyun Ouyang, Karen R. Polenske, Anette Reenberg, Gilberto de Miranda Rocha, Cynthia S. Simmons, Peter H. Verburg, Peter M. Vitousek, Fusuo Zhang, and Chunquan Zhu
Resilience Thinking and a Decision-Analytic Approach to Conservation: Strange Bedfellows or Essential Partners?

Fred A Johnson, B. Ken Williams, and James D Nichols
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Ecology and Society is published by the Resilience Alliance. For more information about Resilience Alliance publishing, please contact managing_editor@ecologyandsociety.org.

Sustainable Development and Education – new UNICEF paper

The future lies with our children, as our hopes and actions lay the framework for their future. New curricula still seems to have a ‘rear view mirror’ approach  -tending to use historical frameworks rather than reframing with the future in mind. Having worked with students on futures education I know how important it is to prepare young people for a future that we cannot predict by providing opportunities to develop skills of analysis, cooperation, problem solving in a practical and action orientated context. We should hope that the post 2015 international agenda can guide educators towards  more futures orientated education systems.

UNICEF paper: Sustainable development starts and ends with safe, healthy and well-educated children


One year after the Rio+20 Sustainable Development Conference, a new UNICEF position paper – entitled Sustainable development starts and ends with safe, healthy and well-educated children – places children at the heart of the post-2015 agenda.

The paper outlines how investing in children delivers big pay offs – for them, for their societies, and for the planet. For example, a good quality education has major inter-generational impacts. A well-educated girl is likely to have greater personal earnings potential, be more likely to delay marriage and pregnancy and be more likely to access health service support, leading to lower rates of maternal mortality. Educated women tend to have fewer, healthier and more educated children.

To read the full report, please click here.


Evidence in Youth Education – latest research

From the latest INEE newsletter:

USAID Findings: Evidence in Youth Education
USAID is pleased to present the latest research regarding international youth and education programming. Three new “State of the Field” reports summarize the findings of 122 unique studies and consultations with over 75 subject matter experts across three topics of investigation:

This research helps answer the question “What works in youth programming?” and informs practitioners and donors of important gaps in youth program evidence. Findings will help USAID shape a research and evaluation agenda for its youth and education programs, ultimately with the aim to increase development impact among and by the world’s one billion youth.

Download the summary briefs: