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Complex Research training ecological expedition of school children

St. Petersburg

Detailed description of the Good Practice

The project “Complex research-training ecological expedition of St.-Petersburg’s pupils "ECO-ХХI" “ presents an innovative combination of social (organisation of summer rest for pupils, training of environmental and civil responsibility among young) and environmental matters (scientific monitoring in the preserves and national parks, social work with local population, participation in environmental protection activities). It assumes that young people (age 12-16) carry out socially and environmentally important scientific researches with rather professional results (landscape maps of the territory studied, creating of sociological and ethnic profile, making opinion-polls etc.). While working they study a lot of ecological techniques and ecological approaches to the environment. The project assumes formation of environmental outlook of the children and development of their creativity. The main aim of it is to bring up environmentally conscious generation of Petersburgers who would shape the future of the City.


Objectives of the Good Practice

The objective is to create a constant - working structure of ecological education based on socially important scientific researches made by the pupils of different ages.

Timeframe: Years 1998 - 2002.

Participants of the Good Practice

The activity of the Expedition is supported by the City Administration of St.Petersburg (Committee on Education, Department on Environment). Other partners are: Russian Geographical Society, Department for International Co-operation, Committee for External Affairs (St Petersburg Administration)

Target group of the Good Practice

The pupils of St.-Petersburg’s schools, age - 12 years old and senior students. Total amount of the participants in various stages of the project is up to 100 persons.

More Details of the Good Practice

The Expedition has two main tasks. First – social, that means the cultivating among youth civil responsibility and ecological outlook, second – environmental as the researches of pupils under the guidance of professionals are of big interest for ecological institutions and organisations.

The Project assumes a two-year (two-summer) cycle. At the first stage each new member of the expedition learns the fact-finding methods and studies the work of all the scientific groups in the expedition (today there are about 7 groups: on geological botany, geology, cartography, hydrology, hydrochemistry, sociology, ethnic ecology). Pupils work in such groups under the guidance of scientific supervisor and chief of the group.
After the field researches members of the Expedition process the data received. At this stage they make reviews of special literature, help to write some chapters of the report (the main authors are those who participate in the expedition for second time), participate in its presentation in the Russian Geographical Society.
At the second stage while field researches pupils concentrate on development of the certain direction of the Expedition’s work (their choice is based on their own interests and recommendations of the Expedition psychologist).
At the data processing in office at the second stage the pupils possess a lot of independence while working under scientific report. They work under the guidance of the supervisor and with help of younger members. They defence the report at the open session of the Russian Geographical Society, and then write their own articles and projects with which participate on every possible competitions and contests.
Especially important for the socialising of a person appear to be the two directions of research: sociological monitoring of studied territory and ethnoecological researches on location..

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Contact details

Vladimir Smolnikov
Home address: 196143, St.-Petersburg, Lensoveta st., 32, 6 Office: 191065 St.-Petersburg, Nevsky av., д.14, school N 210.
Phone: (812) 293-67-73 (home); (812) 312-85-18, (812) 312-76-17 (work)
E-mail: vladimir_smolnik@mail.ru

Data sources and references

UBC Environmental Award Application 2001