This curriculum describes an example of a course to train youth workers and educators who want to promote Nature Intelligence in their practice. It focuses on developing the professional competencies of those who already have experience in non-formal education and in facilitating experiential learning. The emphasis here is on including NQ themes and approaches in education activities. This report is available in English only.
In this publication we explore how the concept of nature intelligence, as proposed in our theoretical framework, can be applied in the field of youth work. We aim to place the concept into a broader theoretical background by exploring the flower model and each of its four domains from a youth work setting. By doing this we also hope to give credit to the wonderful work already done in the youth work sector and connect it to current practices and traditions that address similar aims of fostering a strong human-nature connection.
In this report we provide the theoretical foundation for the concept of Nature Intelligence. It consists of four parts. In the first part we give an overview of theories on the concept of intelligence in general, and theories on concepts related to Nature Intelligence. In the second part, we present a conceptual model of Nature Intelligence based on theoretical insights and hands-on-experience from youth organisations. In the third part we describe how we developed a scale to measure Nature Intelligence. Finally, in the fourth part we discuss insights from research on nature-based education that shed light on the critical success factors for promoting Nature Intelligence. This report is available in English only.