FEDU Masters Student Wins 3MT!

Date / Time: 12 August 2015

VB-Green-webValerie Bianchi from the Faculty of Education won the University wide 3 Minute Thesis competition on 12 August. She grew up in the outdoors of rural Massachusetts in the US, having the kinds of connected experiences with nature that research shows contributes to an environmental ethic later in life. Her thesis is part of a push towards recognizing environmental education as a long term engagement process where it has previously been seen as an short term add on to the curriculum. 

Valerie is currently working with The Department of Conservation (DOC), a prominent Environmental Education provider in New Zealand, who has just unrolled a new implementation plan for education. Her research is aimed at helping DOC to understand what professional development, networking and other support might be needed for their staff to use the implementation plan for their education work. Many of the elements of the implantation plan could represent a significant change for some DOC Rangers. For example, in the past many DOC Rangers might be called in to a school to deliver conservation education for an hour time slot. Research shows that short, one-off experiences are not effective for student's long-term engagement in environmental education.

Valerie believes there is much value in entering and taking part in the 3MT and highly recommends others to become involved. She believes it has helped to build her confidence, presentation skills, and the ability to talk to other people from outside her field. She also enjoyed learning about her competitor's research and believes the whole process added a fun aspect to her thesis. Valerie entered the competition on the advice of her supervisor Dr. Chris Eames and received excellent support from her colleagues throughout the process.

Valerie will now go on to the National finals of the 3MT Masters at Auckland University on the 10 September 2015.

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