”Waisted Food” — Visual approaches to environmental education
Alli Ikonen (Fi)
This project is a case based study of environmental education focusing on wasted food as a theme. I am teaching photography at Helsinki Vocational School. In addition I am also responsible of courses of environmental knowledge. For the students the aim of this kind of course, is learn to live and work in a more sustainable way and to understand, how audiovisual tools can help to deal with environmental topics.
I choose waisted food for the theme of my project because of its actuality and student´s own possibility to act with it. It is also one of the topics in Helsinki Vocational school´s Green Flag programme.
In this project I worked with three student groups during spring and autumn 2016. We approached the theme with different visual excercises. With every group I started the course by lecturing and talking with students about environmental effects of food, especially focusing on waisted food. Practical exercices included for example photography documentation of waisted food restaurant, — festival and dinner. Students also made time-lapse –video and food receipes of waisted food.
In my report I use David Kolb´s experimental learnig circle to structure my experiences of learning during this case.