The research fields that Jan van Boeckel is particularly drawn to are: arts-based environmental education, environmental aesthetics, philosophy of nature, education science in general (and specifically environmental education and education for sustainable development), art and ecology, sustainable- and meta-design, (eco)phenomenology, and the psychology of climate change.
In April 2016, Jan explored the latter theme through arts-based presentations and activities at the Climate Existence conference in Sigtuna, Sweden. In that same year, he became a member of a research commission of the British Educational Research Association (BERA) that focused on “Reviewing the potential and challenges of developing STEAM education through creative pedagogies for 21st century learning.” (The final report can be dowloaded here.) Between 2011 and 2014, Jan was a member of the Dutch advisory group “Designing for the future” (Ontwerpen voor de toekomst) on sustainable development and art education, established by EDU-ART.
Presently Jan van Boeckel is part of two research groups. One on the theme of Art & Science in Education (Kunst og vitenskap i læring) at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences in Ås, headed by Professor Edvin Østergaard. The other on Arts-Based Environmental Education at Aalto University in Finland, led by Professor Anniina Suominen.
In the summer of 2016 Van Boeckel was invited to be the guest editor for the coming issue of the Arts & Teaching Journal Artizein. For this edition (to appear in 2017), authors and artists were invited to reflect on new developments at the interface of art, education, and the natural environment.
Here is a selection of Jan van Boeckel’s publications:
- Practicing active non-activeness in the facilitation of arts-based environmental education (forthcoming, 2017)
- Artful empiricism and improvising with the unforeseen: Two approaches in seeking understandings of nature through art (forthcoming, 2017)
- “Never mind where, as long as it’s fast”: Jacques Ellul and la technique. Dark Mountain · Issue 8
- Angels talking back and new organs of perception: Artmaking and intentionality in nature experience
- “When we find meaning in art, our thinking is most in sync with nature” – A review of An Ecology of Mind – The Gregory Bateson Documentary
- Engaging with landscape through artmaking
- A point of no return: Artistic transgression in the more-than-human world
- Arts-based environmental education and the ecological crisis: Between opening the senses and coping with psychic numbing
- Forget your botany: Developing children’s sensibility to nature through arts-based environmental education
Additional titles can be accessed here (opens in a new window)
Jan van Boeckel’s doctoral dissertation, At the Heart of Art and Earth, first appeared in 2013 and was reprinted in 2014 and 2017. On this page, a form opens up through which you can order a printed copy. A PDF of the book is downloadable here (Open Access), and via this link you can easily scroll through it on screen, page by page.