Category Curriculum and Research

Understanding Culture(s): Promises and pitfalls of Out of Eden Learn and other intercultural digital exchange programs

The research described in this blog post was conducted by Out of Eden Learn team members Anastasia Aguiar, Susie Blair, and Liz Dawes Duraisingh. Before participating in Out of Eden Learn, my understanding of culture was primarily taken from individual books about a culture … Since participating in Out of Eden Learn I would think, […]

The iterative relationship between practice and research on Out of Eden Learn

In December, 2014, I wrote a blog post called Research and Out of Eden Learn: Forging Our Own Path. Re-reading this piece, much of what I wrote then still resonates: we continue to strive to do research that is action-oriented, collaborative, and learning-centric, even if we ended up going down slightly different paths than we […]

Out of Eden Learn as a Site of Civic Agency

Out of Eden Learn’s curricula and platform are explicitly oriented around three broad themes: slowing down, exchanging stories, and making connections. Carried out locally and through online exchanges with youth from different backgrounds, we see our program as a powerful vehicle for a range of potential outcomes – developing new insights about one’s own identity, identifying […]

Recognizing, Reflecting, Contemplating: How students are engaging with beauty in nature through Out of Eden Learn

This post was co-authored by Susie Blair, Michelle Nguyen, and Shari Tishman One of Out of Eden Learn’s core learning goals is to encourage young people to slow down to observe the world carefully and to listen attentively to others. If you are an educator who uses our curriculum, you may have found that students […]

Changing the Conversation about Migration: A Provisional Pedagogic Framework

This blog post is co-authored by Liz Dawes Duraisingh, Emi Kane, and Sarah Sheya. Last year, Out of Eden Learn piloted and launched a new learning journey called Stories of Human Migration. We wanted to see if the curriculum design principles we had developed for promoting thoughtful cross-cultural inquiry and exchange  — inviting young people […]

Stories of Human Migration: The potential for students to learn about the world, themselves, and perspectives on the past?

Emi Kane and Sarah Sheya, who have done a great deal of work on this curriculum, contributed to the ideas in this post. Nathalie Popa also contributed. Approximately 1000 teenage students from varied geographic locations and family backgrounds are currently participating in our Stories of Human Migration curriculum, a learning journey that addresses a timely […]

Learning Journey

We are pleased to point you in the direction of A Journey Shared, an article co-authored by Out of Eden Learn co-directors Liz Dawes Duraisingh and Carrie James, which was posted on the National Geographic’s Out of Eden Walk website earlier today. In it, we share some highlights from our December trip to visit Paul […]

Situating Out of Eden Learn Within a Shifting Landscape: Takeaways from the Association of Moral Education Conference

For those new to this blog, Out of Eden Learn is an online learning community developed by Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education to foster thoughtful cross-cultural learning and exchange. It involves a collaboration with Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and National Geographic Fellow Paul Salopek, who is currently walking around the world, following […]

Some Suggestions for Encouraging Thoughtful Cross-Cultural Inquiry and Exchange

This work is co-authored by Anastasia Aguiar, Susie Blair and Liz Dawes Duraisingh. Over the past year, our team has gained some clarity in terms of articulating the Out of Eden Learn model for fostering thoughtful cross-cultural inquiry and exchange among diverse youth. We have avoided using the term “culture” explicitly in our curriculum, in […]

How learners slow down with Out of Eden Learn: Research insights and updates (Part 2 of 2)

This post was co-authored by Susie Blair and Shari Tishman from Project Zero. In our first post of this two-part series, we introduced the “slow” research strand that the Out of Eden Learn team is currently pursuing. This is research that aims to understand what students find compelling about the activities in the OOEL curriculum […]