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ASE Member wins prestigious award for research

15 October 2013

ASE Member wins prestigious award for research

ASE Member wins prestigious award for research 

Professor Justin Dillon, the head of King’s College London’s Science and Technology Education Group and an ASE member since 1980, has been recognised for his ‘Outstanding Contributions to Research in Environmental Education’ by the North American Association for Environmental Education. This is only the second time that the annual award has gone to a UK academic. Professor Dillon was presented with the award at the NAAEE annual conference in Baltimore, Maryland on Saturday. 

Marianne Cutler, Chair of ASE’s Outdoor Science Working Group comments, ‘We are delighted that the significant contributions to environmental education that Professor Dillon has made over many years have been recognised by this prestigious award. Justin continues to play an active role in the work of ASE’s Outdoor Science Working Group, including acting as a main author to our influential policy reports* in recent years.’

‘Professor Dillon’s award is opportune at this time when teachers and their schools are preparing to work with a new national curriculum for science, which we are pleased to note at primary level particularly, has a greater emphasis on taking children outside and working with their local environment throughout the year to explore and answer questions about science’.

Editors’ note: 

The Outstanding Contributions to Research in Environmental Education Award  is presented each year to an individual who has exhibited a commitment to Environmental Education (EE) research through 1. Conducting EE research of a substantive nature that contributes to the theory and practice of EE. 2. Reporting of EE research 3. Promoting EE research through activities, such as serving on research committees and teaching.

*Outdoor Science (2011) and Initial Teacher Education and the Outdoor Classroom: Standards for the Future (2007). Both can be found on http://www.ase.org.uk/resources/outdoor-science/